Palaeontology: Modern look for ancient lamprey

  title={Palaeontology: Modern look for ancient lamprey},
  author={Philippe Janvier},
  • P. Janvier
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Nature
It was once thought that lampreys evolved from armoured jawless vertebrates. But a recently discovered lamprey fossil dates from the twilight age of their supposed ancestors, and looks surprisingly modern.Out of the shadowsLampreys and hagfish are the only remaining jawless vertebrates and are commonly used as surrogate ancestors for comparative research on living jawed vertebrates. Until recently little was known of the evolutionary history of lampreys as the only known fossils were enigmatic… 

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