BBC CrowdScience Podcast - Why are fish-fish shaped?

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Period3 Oct 2022

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  • TitleBBC CrowdScience Podcast: Why are fish fish-shaped?
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC World Service
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size32 minutes
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThere are over 30,000 species of fish – that’s more than all the species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals combined. But despite the sheer diversity of life on Earth, we still tend to think of all fish in roughly the same way: with an oblong scaley body, a tail and pairs of fins. Why? And is that really the case?

    Crowdscience listener and pet fish-owner Lauria asked us to dive into the depths of this aquatic world to investigate why fish are shaped the way they are. Do we just think that fish are all the same because we are land-dwelling?

    Presenter Anand Jagatia makes a splash exploring the fascinating story of fish evolution, how they came to be such a different shape from mammals and even how some mammals have evolved to be more like fish..

    Professor Frank Fish – Professor of Biology, West Chester University
    Dr Carla McCabe - Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Biomechanics, Ulster University
    Dr Andrew Knapp – postdoctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum, London
    Producer/AuthorHannah Fisher
    PersonsCarla Mc Cabe