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Gaining Ground, Second Edition: The Origin and Evolution of Tetrapods (Life of the Past)

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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.

About the Author

Jennifer A. Clack is Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. She was awarded the 2008 Daniel Giraud Elliot medal, by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Honorary Member by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

One Introduction

Two Skulls and Skeletons in Transition

Three Relationships and Relatives: The Lobe-Fin Family

Four Setting the Scene: The Devonian World

Five The First Feet: Tetrapods of the Famennian

Six From Fins to Feet: Transformation and Transition

Seven Emerging into the Carboniferous: The First Phase

Eight East Kirkton and the Roots of the Modern Family Tree

Nine The Late Carboniferous: Expanding Horizons

Ten Gaining Ground: The Evolution of Terrestriality

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253356758
Author:
Clack, Jennifer A.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Farlow, James O.
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Geology-Paleontology
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Evolution; Paleontology; Science
Edition Description:
2nd ed.
Series:
Life of the Past
Series Volume:
The Origin and Evolu
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 color illus., 238 bandw illus.
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
10.1 x 7.4 x 1.7 in

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Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Paleontology

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