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Behold the Motherfish

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Date: Jun 24, 2008 - 08:13 AM
Scientists may have found the earliest creature to raise its young with an umbilical cord:

Today the team announced its latest discovery: a remarkable 380 million year old fossil placoderm fish with intact embryo and mineralised umbilical cord.

The discovery, published in Nature and one of the most significant ever made by Australian scientists, makes the fossil the world?s oldest known vertebrate mother. It also provides the earliest evidence of vertebrate sexual reproduction, wherein the males (which possessed clasping organs similar to modern sharks and rays) internally fertilised females.
Interesting video on the site (CG artists' rendition of the birthing) too.



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