Scientists have found in Komi Republic the remains of the earliest ancestor of vertebrates

Ученые нашли в Коми останки древнейшего предка позвоночных

In Komi have discovered fossils of tetrapod — an animal, by which vertebrates were able to go ashore. He is the ancestor of not only mammals and birds, but also humans. The announcement published by the Institute of Geology, Komi science centre, Ural branch of RAS 24 Oct.

Russian tetrapod was named Parmastega aelidae. Her age is around 372 million years. Bone parmalee was discovered near the city of Ukhta (Komi Republic). It is noted that they are well docked to each other, thereby creating a three-dimensional reconstruction of the skull, lower jaw and shoulder girdle of an animal.

“Parmaster its shape vaguely resembled that of a crocodile. Her eyes greatly towered above the surface of the head, bending jaws created the likeness of a shy smile, exposing her fangs sharp and menacing teeth. < … > a Substantial portion of time spent parmaster, floating at the surface with the water out of my eyes. Narrow lower jaw of parmalee, consisting of flexibly-jointed bones and bearing small needle-like teeth, could be a good fixture for the attack of water on such animal as large and powerful fangs of the sky and the upper jaw is allowed to pin its victims to the ground”, — stated in the work.

Scientists believe that parmaster was an inhabitant of the aquatic environment and had no ability to travel extensively by land.

14 October, it was reported that archaeologists found a large burial of the Scythians during the excavation of the Kurgan of the Azov district of Rostov region. In one mound found 25 burials of different epochs.


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