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June 15 2013

Fish With Abs: This Ancient Fossil Could Unlock Evolutionary Secrets (PHOTOS)


Abdominal muscles are not something usually seen in marine life, but researchers found a fossil fish with "rippling" abs in Australia.

The 380-million-year old armour-plated fishes, called placoderms, boasted the earliest know muscles ever found in a vertebrate.

Curtin University's Associate Professor Kate Trinajstic said soft preserved soft tissue in fossils is extremely rare, usually there is only bone left, according to a news release.

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