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Fish Walks, Climbs Waterfalls Like a Salamander ( 37

An anonymous reader links us to an article on Discovery News: A species of cavefish in Thailand has been documented walking and climbing waterfalls in a manner similar to four-footed creatures such as salamanders, in a find researchers call "huge" in evolutionary terms. In a press release Brooke E. Flammang, an assistant professor of biological sciences at NJIT, said that the fish has anatomical features previously known only in tetrapods -- four-limbed vertebrates that include amphibians and reptiles. "What these fish do, in complete darkness, is stick to the rock and climb waterfalls, completely underwater."
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Fish Walks, Climbs Waterfalls Like a Salamander

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  • After watching the video, I fully expect the slashdot community to tear it apart limb-from-limb the same way they would tear apart a video that shows absolutely NO EVIDENCE whatsoever of doing what the article claims.
    • If we at least remotely considered pondering about maybe caring a little what a fucking fish does, we probably could think about possibly doing so.

    • True. Much easier for the brains and better for the popcorn industry than discussing about the actual paper: []

  • Welecome (Score:4, Funny)

    by Nkwe ( 604125 ) on Friday March 25, 2016 @02:21PM (#51777469)
    I for one welcome our rock climbing fish overlords.
    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      Like the "Darwin" fish sticker you can purchase.

      • I never really got the idea of the "Darwin" Fish.
        Because Darwinism is opposite of christianity?
        While many major Christian religions fully accept the theory of evolution. Also the symbol of the fish symbol was meant because Jesus called to the disciples where were Fishermen to be Fishers of Men.

        Now you don't need to believe in the religion, but if you are going to protest some subset of a religion you probably should do it is a better way.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          Because Darwinism is opposite of christianity? While many major Christian religions fully accept the theory of evolution

          According to a fairly recent poll, 42% of the Americans believe that God created humans, and another 31% believe in evolution, but with God guiding the process. Only 19% believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. So, while major Christian religions may fully accept the theory, most of its followers do not.

          • The problem with these polls is how they are worded.
            I don't see conflict in Darwin's theory, and the idea that God may be influencing the process. Now you cannot make a scientific theroy saying that God is guiding it. Because God being considered a supernatural entity cannot be proved or disproved by science, as it would be an non-measurable factor. And saying in science that God is controlling it is just lazy approach to stop doing real science. But Darwinism theory is strongly predicated by a degree o

        • I never really got the idea of the "Darwin" Fish.

          Probably just for trolling creationists.

  • It says it can't happen so these scientists most have a theological agenda and made it up. I prefer truth which is not truth. God must be testing our faith.

    We must vote for Trump Asap to put an end to this and through legislation help restore our culture to save people from thinking such dangerous things.

  • Now that we have walking fish, what came between the walking fish and the non-walking fish and between the walking fish and salamanders?

    • There's only one more gap, as this particular walking fish has nothing to do with salamanders, except for some resemblance in the way it walks. And the gap between walking and non-walking fish was filled with fish with intermediate walking skills
  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Friday March 25, 2016 @04:26PM (#51778301)
    They didn't know they weren't supposed to do that.
  • Punctuation is, important people!

  • by red crab ( 1044734 ) on Friday March 25, 2016 @11:02PM (#51780463)
    Magur fish or Clarias Magur [] first described in 1822, with habitat in Ganga and Brahmaputra river basins in northern and northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh is very commonly known to have walking capabilities. The link mentions this fish as "Commercial pond aquaculture of the catfish, Clarias batrachus (Linnaeus), commonly known as "pIa duk dan" in Thailand, "ikan lele" in Indonesia, and walking catfish in the U.S.A., first developed in Thailand in the late 1950s". This newly discovered species has climbing capabilities, so this might be just related to walking fish with more developed muscles.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      It's not the first walking fish, but this one is newly discovered, and has unique way of walking. Quote the abstract:

      In all other fishes, the pelvic bones are suspended in a muscular sling or loosely attached to the pectoral girdle anteriorly. In contrast, the pelvic girdle of Cryptotora is a large, broad puboischiadic plate that is joined to the iliac process of a hypertrophied sacral rib; fusion of these bones in tetrapods creates an acetabulum.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.