One of this year's most highly anticipated Australian films, Little Fish, will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.Starring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Sam Neill, it tells the story of Tracy Heart, a former heroin addict living in Sydney's Little Saigon (filmed in Cabramatta)."We're only just over the excitement of opening the Melbourne festival and now this," says FILM director Rowan Woods."Toronto has a great tradition as an audience festival and it also outweighs all the big festivals for US market exposure." The film will screen in the Special Presentations showcase, renowned for presenting daring films, such as previous category inclusions Hotel Rwanda and Crash. Some 360 million years ago, the oceans were teeming with big fish, some as big as a school bus.
This tremendous rebound time is relevant today when overfishing is threatening countless large fish species.
Once these disappear, it might be a very long time before we get tuna-sized fish back on our plates.
The researchers studied 1,120 fossils of sort of ancient fish species dating back 419 to 323 million years ago, pre and post Hangenberg.
Over time, the fish had increased in size, echoing Cope’s Rule – the generalization that most animal groups have evolved toward larger body size.
Once 97% of all vertebrate species died off, that body sized plummeted. During mass extinction events, the big guys are first to go.
They require more food, resources, take longer to breed and parent.