Tiktaalik roseae: Meme and Facts about the Fish Fossil

What is Tiktaalik?

Tiktaalik is a sarcopterygii or lobe-finned fish that is considered to be the link between fish and amphibians. It provides the crucial link on how life progressed from water onto the land. Fossils of these fish have been found in Canada.

Facts about Tiktaalik

  1. Tiktaalikfossils were discovered in rock formed from late Devonian river sediments on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, in northern Canada.
  2. The Tiktaalik discovery was made by the team of Edward B. Daeschler, Neil H. Shubin and Farish A. Jenkins, Jr. in 2004.
  3. The name Tiktaalik is an Inuktitut word meaning “large freshwater fish”.
  4. Discovery of Tiktaalik was first published in Nature magazine’s 06 April 2006 issue.
  5. So far, there is only one species under Tiktaalik genus. It’s called Tiktaalik roseae.
  6. The estimated age of Tiktaalik roseae about 375 million years.
  7. Tiktaalik roseae is also known as fishapod — a word coined from fish and tetrapod. The tetrapods are the four-legged animals.
  8. The name fishapod indicates the importance of Tiktaalik roseae as a link that shows how fish life ventured out on land.
  9. Fishapods were basically fish but their four fins were evolved to have inner bones. These bones provided fishapods strength to prop themselves up above the shallow water and “walk” on four fins.
  10. Fossil studies reveal that it is unlikely for Tiktaalik roseae to have lived entirely on land.
tiktaalik roseae: the fishapod fish fossil
Tiktaalik roseae fossil is displayed in Chicago University.

Meme on Tiktaalik: Fish that Crawled out of Water!

Well, in these times of social media, people can find humor in almost about everything… even in serious scientific discoveries! Tiktaalik has also been used in a lot of memes on Internet. Sample a few!

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So, these were some scientific facts and some humorous memes on the fish that started walking! Let’s us know what you think about it!