The ‘missing link’ between and fish and salamanders

Jonas Lieberknecht and Sebastian Baurmann2016

Frogs & Friends

Frogs & Friends
Berlin, Germany

375 million years ago, a strange being was swimming through the primordial ocean. It had fins, scales and gills like a fish, but it also had a flattened body with eyes placed on top of its head like a salamander. It had ribs to support it for when it occasionally crawled onto land. The fishapod, discovered in 2006, is the long sought-after missing link in the evolution from fish to the first amphibians. It’s the first ancestor of all terrestrial vertebrates, the tetrapods.


  • Title: The ‘missing link’ between and fish and salamanders
  • Creator: Jonas Lieberknecht, Sebastian Baurmann
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Date Published: 2016
  • Physical Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Location Created: Berlin, Germany
  • Original Source: Frogs & Friends

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