On this date, two articles were published in the science journal Nature reporting the discovery of a fossil that might in time become as much of an evolutionary icon as the proto-bird Archaeopteryx. Several specimens of this transitional form, named Tiktaalik roseae, were found in late Devonian river sediments on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Arctic Canada.
- Ahlberg, P.E., Clack, J.A. (2006). Palaeontology: A firm step from water to land. Nature, 440(7085), 747-749. DOI: 10.1038/440747a
- Daeschler, E.B., Shubin, N.H., Jenkins, F.A. (2006). A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan. Nature, 440(7085), 757-763. DOI: 10.1038/nature04639
- Shubin, N.H., Daeschler, E.B., Jenkins, F.A. (2006). The pectoral fin of Tiktaalik roseae and the origin of the tetrapod limb. Nature, 440(7085), 764-771. DOI: 10.1038/nature04637
- “What has the head of a crocodile and the gills of a fish?“, the Understanding Evolution website, the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education. Last updated June 2010, accessed on 26 April 2011. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/060501_tiktaalik