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Did humans evolve from sharks ?

Posted on Thursday, 14 June, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments

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New research suggests we evolved from a primitive species of shark that lived 300 million years ago.

Acanthodes bronni is now believed to be the common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates including humans. The creatures were quite small at around one foot in length, had gills instead of teeth and would have fed on plankton. Fossils have been discovered in many parts of the world including Europe and North America.

"Unexpectedly, Acanthodes turns out to be the best view we have of conditions in the last common ancestor of bony fishes and sharks," said Professor Michael Coates. "It helps to answer the basic question of what is primitive about a shark. And, at last, we are getting a better handle on primitive conditions for jawed vertebrates as a whole."

"The primitive fish named Acanthodes bronni was the common ancestor of all jawed vertebrates on Earth including mankind, according to new research."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by Odin11 on 15 June, 2012, 6:02
Actually it would be your, over 175,000,000-greats-grandpa and grandma. No room to post it here so don't even try. lol For apes we only need to go back 250,000-greats-grandpa and grandma. But I need to say again that we are apes still.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Maff on 15 June, 2012, 8:49
Yay another awful science report from the British press. It's been long understood that Land Vertebrates came from a fish like species that ventured onto land. Basically this report simply says they now have a good idea what that fish like species was, only they slap a provocative misleading headline, that will make morons more cynical about science, and further muddy the waters. Go Telegraph! (ugh). I am sure they used to actually do news. Now they are barely one step up from thinly veiled comic books like the News of the World or the Sun.
Comment icon #16 Posted by minera on 15 June, 2012, 19:45
instead of wasting time and money on who our original ancesters were why don't they spend that money studying what is happening now ie. ufo etc. If anyone evolved from a shark it was probably some loan shark.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Odin11 on 15 June, 2012, 20:54
Yes, why spend time and money on finding out our past and where we come from, when we can waste it on fictional bs.
Comment icon #18 Posted by dside on 15 June, 2012, 23:44
Jeremiah... was a bullfrog... ? So now sharks are the common ancestor of all jawed animals?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Atlantia on 17 June, 2012, 10:21
A slightly misleading title to tell us what we already know. Just in case it's still unclear, here's a little visual presentation
Comment icon #20 Posted by Myles on 18 June, 2012, 11:44
Spend money studying UFO's? Bad idea.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Junior Chubb on 22 June, 2012, 23:52
Well that explains that metal mouthed freak from the Bond films. Also, I love the 'why waste money on this 'lets' waste it on something else' response. I forgot all the worlds spare funds are being funneled into this reasearch while nobody anywhere is spending money on researching UFO's.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Junior Chubb on 22 June, 2012, 23:57
Yup Jaws spawned Jaws, hence Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3D, Jaws 4 (The Revenge), (Cruel) Jaws 5, Jaws 19 (BTTF2)
Comment icon #23 Posted by bulldogzrep on 28 June, 2012, 4:27
Wow, can't wait to see what other rubbish they come up with...

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