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Modern look for ancient lamprey

It was once thought that lampreys evolved from armoured jawless vertebrates. But a recently discovered lamprey fossil dates from the twilight age of their supposed ancestors, and looks surprisingly modern.

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Figure 1: Vertebrate tree.

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Janvier, P. Modern look for ancient lamprey. Nature 443, 921–923 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/443921a

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