Video: A fish makes a tongue out of water

first_imgOn a pane of clear glass, a mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus) carefully eyes a piece of shrimp. The predator definitely wants its prey, but actually eating it presents a challenge: Outside of the water, the fish can’t generate enough suction to swallow. However, new research published online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the mudskipper has solved the problem by bringing the water onto land, and that its clever solution may have led to the evolution of true tongues in other land animals. Using a group of high-speed cameras and x-ray videos, the scientists observed the mudskippers feeding in the laboratory. Their analysis showed that the fish were carrying mouthfuls of water up onto the land and then expelling the water at the moment they lunge at their prey. The water allows the fish to form an airtight seal and generate enough suction to move the water and their meal back toward the esophagus. Furthermore, the motion of a bone in the fishes’ throat, known as the hyoid, closely resembles that of other terrestrial animals, especially newts, which use true tongues to eat. The authors suggest that the mudskipper’s “hydrostatic” tongue may serve as the evolutionary bridge that allowed our aquatic ancestors to begin feeding on land.last_img read more

Cricket: Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar return as India announce squad for final 3 ODIs

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: India Today)The selection committee met on Thursday to pick the Indian squad for the final 3 ODIs vs Windies. India’s frontline pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to the squad while Mohammad Shami faced the axe.Shami, who was India’s most expensive bowler in Guwahati, bettered his performance in the 2nd ODI, bowling crucial yorkers to take the game to the final over. But his improved performance wasn’t enough for him to retain his place in the side.Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav, who exited Asia Cup midway due to an injury was expected to be back in the squad. Despite his unbeaten 41 off 25 for India A in the Deodhar trophy today, he doesn’t find a place in the squad.India ran out convincing winners in the 1st ODI thanks to centuries from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. But the visitors hit back strong in the 2nd ODI putting up a solid performance to salvage a tie.The remaining three matches will be played in Pune, Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium) and Thiruvananthapuram on October 27, 29 and November 1.Squad: Virat Kohli (cap), Rohit Sharma (vice-capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey.Also Read:Chairman of selectors does a “Pitch Puja” to ensure India wins – the match ends up getting tied insteadlast_img read more

Edinburgh UK from £24 return Come and visit the

first_imgEdinburgh, UK (from £24 return)Come and visit the home of Skyscanner and the world’s biggest arts festival in the world, with theatre, comedy, music, dance and exhibitions. It’s the busiest time of the year for the Scottish capital but there are still cheap flights available, so come and visit.Find cheap flights to Edinburgh from 24 UK airports including London, Southampton, Belfast, Cardiff, Norwich and Jersey.Dalaman, Turkey (from £53)Good deals on flights to Dalaman for September and October when you can enjoy the warm temperatures without the crowds. The town is located between the sea and the mountains, so as well as some great beaches, there are also the lesser known lakes and rivers of the region, which make Dalaman a good place for those seeking adventure and activity as well sun and sand.Find cheap flights to Dalaman from 18 UK airports including Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and all London airports.Thessaloniki, Greece (from £65)As with Dalaman, there are some cheap flights around for travel in September and October to the place known as Greece’s hippest city. Thessaloniki has some beautiful beaches, fine hotels and what have been deemed the best restaurants in northern Greece. The weather’s not bad either.Find cheap flights to Thessaloniki from 8 UK airports including London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations. RelatedBargains of the week: Thessaloniki | Alicante | PulaBargains of the week: Thessaloniki | Alicante | PulaBargains of the week: Alicante | Dalaman | PulaBargains of the week: Alicante | Dalaman | PulaHow to see Turkey on a budgetMelding together the sun-bleached beaches of the Mediterranean with the mystery and allure of the Middle East, Turkey is a fascinating destination to visit at any time of year. As an added bonus, the current pound to lira exchange rate also makes it a particularly inexpensive travel choice. Whether you’re…last_img read more