Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish

Gengo Tanaka, Andrew R. Parker, Yoshikazu Hasegawa, David J. Siveter, Ryoichi Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Miyashita, Yuichi Takahashi, Shosuke Ito, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Takao Mukuda, Marie Matsuura, Ko Tomikawa, Masumi Furutani, Kayo Suzuki, Haruyoshi Maeda

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Abstract

Vision, which consists of an optical system, receptors and image-processing capacity, has existed for at least 520 Myr. Except for the optical system, as in the calcified lenses of trilobite and ostracod arthropods, other parts of the visual system are not usually preserved in the fossil record, because the soft tissue of the eye and the brain decay rapidly after death, such as within 64 days and 11 days, respectively. The Upper Carboniferous Hamilton Formation (300 Myr) in Kansas, USA, yields exceptionally well-preserved animal fossils in an estuarine depositional setting. Here we show that the original colour, shape and putative presence of eumelanin have been preserved in the acanthodii fish Acanthodes bridgei. We also report on the tissues of its eye, which provides the first record of mineralized rods and cones in a fossil and indicates that this 300 Myr-old fish likely possessed colour vision.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5920
JournalNature communications
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 23 2014

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Optical Devices
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Vertebrate Photoreceptor Cells
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Fishes
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Crustacea
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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
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Tanaka, G., Parker, A. R., Hasegawa, Y., Siveter, D. J., Yamamoto, R., Miyashita, K., ... Maeda, H. (2014). Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish. Nature communications, 5, [5920]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms6920

Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish. / Tanaka, Gengo; Parker, Andrew R.; Hasegawa, Yoshikazu; Siveter, David J.; Yamamoto, Ryoichi; Miyashita, Kiyoshi; Takahashi, Yuichi; Ito, Shosuke; Wakamatsu, Kazumasa; Mukuda, Takao; Matsuura, Marie; Tomikawa, Ko; Furutani, Masumi; Suzuki, Kayo; Maeda, Haruyoshi.

In: Nature communications, Vol. 5, 5920, 23.12.2014.

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Tanaka, G, Parker, AR, Hasegawa, Y, Siveter, DJ, Yamamoto, R, Miyashita, K, Takahashi, Y, Ito, S, Wakamatsu, K, Mukuda, T, Matsuura, M, Tomikawa, K, Furutani, M, Suzuki, K & Maeda, H 2014, 'Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish', Nature communications, vol. 5, 5920. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms6920
Tanaka G, Parker AR, Hasegawa Y, Siveter DJ, Yamamoto R, Miyashita K et al. Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish. Nature communications. 2014 Dec 23;5. 5920. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms6920
Tanaka, Gengo ; Parker, Andrew R. ; Hasegawa, Yoshikazu ; Siveter, David J. ; Yamamoto, Ryoichi ; Miyashita, Kiyoshi ; Takahashi, Yuichi ; Ito, Shosuke ; Wakamatsu, Kazumasa ; Mukuda, Takao ; Matsuura, Marie ; Tomikawa, Ko ; Furutani, Masumi ; Suzuki, Kayo ; Maeda, Haruyoshi. / Mineralized rods and cones suggest colour vision in a 300 Myr-old fossil fish. In: Nature communications. 2014 ; Vol. 5.
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