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Author Laurin, Michel.

Title How vertebrates left the water / Michel Laurin.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
Uniform title Systématique, paléontologie et biologie évolutive moderne. English
Physical description 1 online resource (xv, 199 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents How can we reconstruct evolutionary history? Classification and biological nomenclature -- Modern phylogenetics -- Homology and analogy : lungs, swim bladders, and gills -- Geological time scale and the chronology of a few key events -- A few relevant paleontological localities -- Conquest of land : data from extant vertebrates. Are animals still conquering the land today? -- The coelacanth, a living fossil? -- Dipnoans : our closest extant finned cousins -- Reproduction among tetrapods : amphibians are not all amphibious! -- Paleontological context. The conquest of land in various taxa -- The history of our ideas about the conquest of land by vertebrates -- The lateral-line organ and the lifestyle of Paleozoic stegocephalians -- Vertebrate limb evolution. The vertebrate skeleton -- Hox genes and the origin of digits -- Sarcopterygian fins and the origin of digits -- Fragmentary fossils, phylogeny, and the first digits -- The gills of Acanthostega and the original function of the tetrapod limb -- Bone microanatomy and lifestyle -- Diversity of Paleozoic stegocephalians. Temnospondyls -- Embolomeres -- Seymouriamorphs -- Amphibians -- Diadectomorphs -- Amniotes -- Stegocephalian phylogeny -- Adaptations to life on land. Limbs and girdles -- Vertebral centrum and axial skeleton -- Breathing -- The skin and water exchange -- Sensory organs -- Synthesis and conclusion. Conquest of land and the first returns to the aquatic environment -- Why come onto land? -- Modern paleontology and the "Indiana Jones" stereotype.
Summary This usefully illustrated book describes how some finned vertebrates acquired limbs, giving rise to more than 25,000 extant tetrapod species. Michel Laurin uses paleontological geological, physiological, and comparative anatomical data to describe this monumental event.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Vertebrates -- Evolution.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780520947986 (electronic bk.)
0520947983 (electronic bk.)