A fossilised braincase revealed proof that our middle ears evolved from fish gills. Photo: Frontiersin.org
A fossilised braincase revealed proof that our middle ears evolved from fish gills. Photo: Frontiersin.org

Scientists prove a centuries-old theory that a crucial feature in our ability to hear evolved from fish gills

  • The team of scientists from China and Europe found concrete evidence of a fossilised ‘spirical gill’
  • These spiricals have long been thought to have eventually evolved into the middle ear canal on most land animals

A fossilised braincase revealed proof that our middle ears evolved from fish gills. Photo: Frontiersin.org
A fossilised braincase revealed proof that our middle ears evolved from fish gills. Photo: Frontiersin.org
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