The One About The Fish With A Face

A study out of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing and published in the September 26 issue of Nature reports that a 419 million-year-old fossil sports a jaw structure similar to modern fish and humans, presenting a case for a significant rewrite to the evolutionary timeline.Or to put it another way: they found a fish with a face!Entelognathus primordialis (said fish-face-fossil) sports both a maxilla and mandible, and there's a great deal of chin-wagging in the scientific community today about what this discovery means for our understanding of how these structures evolved, and why, and when.From the scientific to the sensational, here's a roundup of headlines and links for you to chew on. Think you're hilarious? Share your best shot at a headline for this breaking story in the comments. THE ARTICLEA Silurian placoderm with osteichthyan-like marginal jaw bones (Nature)THE PUNSFirst Face? Prehistoric Fish was a Jaw Dropper  (Discovery)How Cheeky: Fossil Fish is Oldest Fish with a Face (Live Science)Is this the world's first FACE? The jaw-dropping fossil of a fish that re-writes the history of human evolution (Daily Mail - always a bastion of first-rate journalism AND ALL CAPS)First Jawed Fish Had One Ugly Face (Sydney Morning Herald)Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution (National Geographic, showing characteristic restraint with that headline)AND THE REQUISITE FUN-AND-PUN-SPOILERThe Trouble with Translating Science: Is this really the earliest fish with a face? (The Toronto Star)
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