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FOSSILISED ANIMAL SKELETON: First planted wet foot on dry ground. PHOTO: REUTERS
FOSSILISED ANIMAL SKELETON: First planted wet foot on dry ground. PHOTO: REUTERS

It must have been an intriguing creature who took that first step from water to land over 375 million years ago and now, thanks to research by palaeontologist Ted Daeschler, we know a little bit more about the animal that may have first planted wet foot onto dry land. While working in northern Canada, Daeschler and his team of researchers unearthed an extraordinary fossilised animal skeleton with a crocodilelike skull, a streamlined body, and forelimbs that are a cross between feet and fins. The previously undescribed animal was assigned the scientific name Tiktaalik roseae. COMPILED BY NIMI KURIAN

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