He’s the first ancestor you know of the old toothless “eel”

More than a century ago, scientists were shocked by the discovery of an unusual fossil from the Scottish quarry. The debris suggested a toothless eel-shaped creature, potentially with a cartilage skeleton, and named after a mysterious creature 130 years later. Palaeospondylus gunni – was buried, continued to face classification. Now, using high-resolution images, a research team has finally determined that this mysterious fish may well be one of our first ancestors.

“Location Paleospondylus In the evolutionary tree, the identification of each bone element is essential, “said Tatsuya Hirasawa, an associate professor of paleontology at the University of Tokyo in Japan and the lead author of a new study describing the fossil. , With a body 4 inches (6 centimeters) long, and the unfortunate fossilization compressed its skeleton tremendously, squeezing the individual bones into a distorted mass, a paleontological nightmare to be clarified, Hirasawa told Live Science in an email.

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