The Rise of Jaw Protrusion in Spiny-Rayed Fishes Closes the Gap on Elusive Prey

@article{Bellwood2015TheRO,
  title={The Rise of Jaw Protrusion in Spiny-Rayed Fishes Closes the Gap on Elusive Prey},
  author={David R Bellwood and Christopher H.R. Goatley and Orpha Bellwood and Daniel J. Delbarre and Matt Friedman},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={2696-2700}
}
Jaw protrusion is one of the most important innovations in vertebrate feeding over the last 400 million years [1, 2]. Protrusion enables a fish to rapidly decrease the distance between itself and its prey [2, 3]. We assessed the evolution and functional implications of jaw protrusion in teleost fish assemblages from shallow coastal seas since the Cretaceous. By examining extant teleost fishes, we identified a robust morphological predictor of jaw protrusion that enabled us to predict the extent… CONTINUE READING
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