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fishapod

taxonomic name given to an aquatic, fishlike animal that lived about 380-385 million years ago (during the earliest late Devonian Period) and was a very close relative of the direct ancestors of tetrapods (four-legged land vertebrates). The genus name, Tiktaalik, comes from the Inuktitut language of the Inuit people of eastern Canada and is a general term for a large freshwater fish that lives in the shallows. The species name, roseae, honours a benefactor of the research that led to the finding of the fossils in 2004 on southern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, northern Canada. The fossil find consisted of a few nearly complete skeletons and several dozen partial specimens.

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