Tuesday 15 January 2013

Monster fish and back to front animals

Hostile monster fish lurking in Penang dam
MONSTROUS fish are said to be lurking beneath the waters of the Teluk Bahang Dam, claim several people in Penang. According to Kosmo!, the Arapaima Gigas the world's largest freshwater fish and the snakehead (toman) had actually jumped at anglers fishing by the dam.“Some anglers believe the fish have been acting this way because their habitat has been disturbed,” said Rosnani Ahmad, 37,He claimed to have seen the fish swimming in the dam in October last year. The 58.5m-high dam is a favourite spot for Penangites and it has been used for dragon boat racing for the past 37 years. It associated these supposed sightings with the drowning of Jacob Issac Fletcher, 19, during a dragon boat meet there last year. The dam is now supposedly sealed off to anglers

Tetrapod anatomy: Backbone back-to-front in early animals
By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service
Textbooks might have to be re-written when it comes to some of the earliest creatures, a study suggests.Researchers have found that our understanding of the anatomy of the first four-legged animals is wrong.New 3D models of fossil remains show that previous renderings of the position of the beasts' backbones were actually back-to-front.The findings, published in the journal Nature, may even change our thinking on how the spine evolved.The scientists looked at a group of animals called the tetrapods, examining three creatures called Ichthyostega, Acanthostega and Pederpes.These primitive four-legged animals are of great interest to palaeontologists: they were the first creatures to haul themselves out of the oceans, paving the way for all future vertebrate life on land.
So science gets it wrong again .So maybe they are wrong about cryptids too?

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