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Fins to Limbs: How Our Ancestors Left the Water

Join this virtual talk with Michael Gottfried, Associate Professor and MSU Museum Curator!

Nearly 400 million years ago, vertebrates (animals with a bony skeleton) first crawled out of the water and onto land. This lecture will use fossil specimens from the MSU Museum collection to show the major stages in this evolutionary transition, including how fish fins were modified to form tetrapod limbs. It will feature precise cast replicas of the most famous of the transitional fossils — Tiktaalik, the ‘fishopod,’ discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004.

This program is a part of MSU Science Festival.

Date/Time: 4/10/2021 11:30 – 11:50 AM

Link to this event on the MSU Science Festival website here:

  • April 10, 2021
  • 11:30 am - 11:50 am