Funds awarded to Newark institution to study special fish

January 3, 2019 by  

A new research collaboration between the University of Florida, Louisiana State University (LSU), and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark recently received a grant of $1m to study the pelvis of the blind cavefish.

With it being the only known species of fish that is able to walk on land, the grant was awarded by the National Science Foundation over a four-year period.

The NJIT said that the grant will enable the researchers to study the mechanics of the species and how the pelvis has evolved. This means that they will study the vertebrate of the cavefish, which may shed light on how the first creatures of the sea made the transition to land between 350 and 400 million years.

Assistant professor of biological sciences at NJIT and the lead principal investigator for the project, Brooke Flammang, said this study will allow researchers to analyse the key evolutionary aspect of the water to land transition, even though the cavefish may not be the best living analogy of such walking fish. Also, Flammang added, it will provide a new window into the type of support that was needed to be able to walk on land.

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