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Gaining ground : the origin and evolution of tetrapods

Author: Jennifer A Clack
Publisher: Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, ©2002.
Series: Life of the past.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Around 370 million years ago, a distant relative of a modern lungfish began a most extraordinary adventure: It emerged from the sea and laid claim to the land. Over the next 70 million years, this tentative beachhead became a worldwide colonization by an ever-increasing variety of four-limbed life. These first "tetrapods" are the ancestors of all vertebrate life on land. This book tells the rich and complex story  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer A Clack
ISBN: 0253340543 9780253340542
OCLC Number: 47767251
Description: viii, 369 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction. --
Skulls and skeletons in transition. --
Relationships and relatives: the lobe-fin family. --
Setting the scene: the Devonian world. --
The first feet: tetrapods of the Famennian. --
From fins to feet: transformation and transition. --
Emerging into the Carboniferous: the first phase. --
East Kirkton and the roots of the modern family tree. --
The late Carboniferous: expanding horizons. --
Gaining ground: the evolution of terrestriality.
Series Title: Life of the past.
Responsibility: Jennifer A. Clack.
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"Around 370 million years ago, a distant relative of a modern lungfish began a most extraordinary adventure: It emerged from the sea and laid claim to the land. Over the next 70 million years, this tentative beachhead became a worldwide colonization by an ever-increasing variety of four-limbed life. These first "tetrapods" are the ancestors of all vertebrate life on land. This book tells the rich and complex story of their emergence and evolution. Beginning with their closest relatives, the lobe-fin fishes such as lungfishes and coelacanths, Jennifer A. Clack defines what a tetrapod is, describes their anatomy, and explains how they are related to other vertebrates."--Jacket.

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