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How Vertebrates Left the Water

Michel Laurin


More than three hundred million years ago—a relatively recent date in the two billion years since life first appeared—vertebrate animals first ventured onto land. This illustrated book describes how some finned vertebrates acquired limbs, giving rise to more than 25,000 extant tetrapod species. The author uses paleontological, geological, physiological, and comparative anatomical data to describe this monumental event. He summarizes key concepts of modern paleontological research, including biological nomenclature, paleontological and molecular dating, and the methods used to infer phylogeny a ... More

Keywords: vertebrates, land, fins, limbs, tetrapods, paleontology, geology, physiology, anatomy, biological nomenclature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520266476
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520266476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michel Laurin, author