Category: MBL in the News

Modern Research Might Redeem a Century-Old Theory: Our Arms and Legs Started as Gills | The Washington Post

Modern Research Might Redeem a Century-Old Theory: Our Arms and Legs Started as Gills | The Washington Post

By Sarah Kaplan In the 1870s, a German anatomist named Karl Gegenbaur had an idea. The gill arches of certain fish (gill arches are bony structures that support — you got it — the gills) had appendages that seemed to branch out like fingers. Perhaps, Gegenbaur theorized, these arches were the evolutionary precursor to fish fins and land-dwellers’ limbs. It

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Inky the Octopus Enthralls the World With His Escape | NPR-WBUR

Inky the Octopus Enthralls the World With His Escape | NPR-WBUR

The clever escape of Inky the octopus from a tank at the New Zealand National Aquarium had the world wondering about the intelligence of this 8-tentacled creature. MBL scientist Roger Hanlon, an expert on octopuses and other celphalopods, weighed in Inky’s disappearing act on NPR-WBUR.   Source: WBUR’s Here and Now program, April 14, 2016