Midsummer Nights' Science 2013: The coelacanth, its evolution, and how fish first came onto land
Wednesday, July 31 2013
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square
Midsummer Nights' Science:
The coelacanth, its evolution, and how fish first came onto land
The African coelacanth, whose genome was recently sequenced, is a highly unusual fish that closely resembles the fossils of its 300-million-year-old ancestors. Scientists have debated for decades about whether it truly is a slow-evolving fish, and how closely related it is to our own ancestor – the fish that first came up onto land. Jessica Alfoldi will discuss the history of the enigmatic coelacanth and what its genome has taught us about our own evolution.