A reconstruction of the Xiushanosteus mirabilis shows the fish that dominated the specimens uncovered by a Chinese team researching the evolution of jaws in vertebrates. It belonged to an extinct group of armoured prehistoric fish. Credit: Heming Zhang
A reconstruction of the Xiushanosteus mirabilis shows the fish that dominated the specimens uncovered by a Chinese team researching the evolution of jaws in vertebrates. It belonged to an extinct group of armoured prehistoric fish. Credit: Heming Zhang
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‘Exquisite’ Chinese fish fossils fill gaps in understanding the evolution of jaws in vertebrates

  • Chinese team led by Zhu Min spent a decade hunting across China before discovering a crucial fossil depository in southern China’s Chongqing in late 2020
  • Vertebrate palaeontologist John Long said the team’s discoveries rewrite ‘almost everything we know about the early history of jawed animal evolution’

A reconstruction of the Xiushanosteus mirabilis shows the fish that dominated the specimens uncovered by a Chinese team researching the evolution of jaws in vertebrates. It belonged to an extinct group of armoured prehistoric fish. Credit: Heming Zhang
A reconstruction of the Xiushanosteus mirabilis shows the fish that dominated the specimens uncovered by a Chinese team researching the evolution of jaws in vertebrates. It belonged to an extinct group of armoured prehistoric fish. Credit: Heming Zhang
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