A four-legged fish
Tiktaalik roseae has been nicknamed ‘fishapod’. After scientists had studied this fossil they found that the species had physical traits associated with both fish and four limbed vertebrates, also known as tetrapods. Its fish characteristics include the existence of scales, fins and gills while its tetrapod characteristics include ribs, a neck and lungs.
A new discovery
Tiktaalik roseae was discovered in 2004 on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut and lived in that region 375 million years ago.
The meaning of a name
Tiktaalik roseae is the Inukitut name meaning “burbot,” a cod-like freshwater fish.