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Around 370 million years ago, a distant relative of a modern lungfish began a most extraordinary adventure—emerging from the water and laying claim to the land. Over the next 70 million years, this tentative beachhead had developed into a worldwide colonization by ever-increasing varieties of four-limbed creatures known as tetrapods, the ancestors of all vertebrate life on land. This new edition of Jennifer A. Clack's groundbreaking book tells the complex story of their emergence and evolution. Beginning with their closest relatives, the lobe-fin fishes such as lungfishes and coelacanths, Clack defines what a tetrapod is, describes their anatomy, and explains how they are related to other vertebrates. She looks at the Devonian environment in which they evolved, describes the known and newly discovered species, and explores the order and timing of anatomical changes that occurred during the fish-to-tetrapod transition.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface to the Second Edition
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1 Introduction: The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 2 Skulls and Skeletons in Transition
  2. pp. 27-58
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  1. 3 Relationships and Relatives: The Lobe-Fin Family
  2. pp. 59-100
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  1. 4 Setting the Scene: The Devonian World
  2. pp. 101-142
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  1. 5 The First Feet: Tetrapods of the Famennian
  2. pp. 143-186
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  1. 6 From Fins to Feet: Transformation and Transition
  2. pp. 187-260
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  1. 7 Emerging into the Carboniferous: The First Phase
  2. pp. 261-294
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  1. 8 East Kirkton and the Roots of the Modern Family Tree
  2. pp. 295-320
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  1. 9 The Late Carboniferous: Expanding Horizons
  2. pp. 321-386
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  1. 10 Gaining Ground: The Evolution of Terrestriality
  2. pp. 387-446
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  1. References
  2. pp. 447-472
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 473-523
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253005373
Related ISBN
9780253356758
MARC Record
OCLC
802053887
Pages
544
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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