Amphibian Evolution: The Life of Early Land Vertebrates by Rainer R. Schoch

By Rainer R. Schoch

This e-book makes a speciality of the 1st vertebrates to beat land and their lengthy trip to develop into totally autonomous from the water. It lines the starting place of tetrapod good points and attempts to provide an explanation for how and why they reworked into organs that allow existence on land. even supposing the main body of the subject lies some time past 370 million years and inevitably bargains with many fossils, it's faraway from limited to paleontology. the purpose is to accomplish a finished photograph of amphibian evolution. It makes a speciality of significant questions in present paleobiology: how varied have been the early tetrapods? within which environments did they dwell, and the way did they arrive to be preserved? What will we learn about the tender physique of extinct amphibians, and what does that let us know concerning the evolution of the most important organs in the course of the transition to land? How did early amphibians strengthen and develop, and that have been the foremost elements in their evolution?

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Eusthenopteron. This iconic taxon was described in great detail by Andrews and Westoll (1970) and Jarvik (1954, 1980). It is the best-studied fish-like tetrapodomorph, based on material preserved three-dimensionally and with some rare soft-anatomical structures (internal gills). Eusthenopteron is found in a rich locality at Escuminac Bay (Quebec, Canada), dating from the early Late Devonian (early Frasnian, 385–380 myr). It has a slender and deep skull that retains all elements common for bony fishes, especially the full ­ complement of gill-cover bones and a firm ­connection between pectoral girdle and skull.

Deep, ­ s­lit-like notches partially separate the skull table and cheek, which by analogy with Polypterus are thought to have housed the opening of the spiracle. Panderichthys has several close relatives, most of which are known only from incomplete material: Elginerpeton from Scotland, and Obruchevichthys and Livoniana from the East European Platform (Ahlberg et al. 2000). •• Tiktaalik. Mentioned briefly above, this taxon was discovered in 2005 (Daeschler et al. 2006; Shubin et al. 2006). Tiktaalik is known from Late Devonian stream deposits of Ellesmere Island (Middle Frasnian, ~380 myr).

12). Despite their possession of amniote features, anthracosaurs appear to have been predominantly aquatic throughout their lives. Most species had well-established lateral line grooves on their skull bones and elongated skeletons with proportionally small limbs and very long swimming tails (Panchen 1970). Their elongated and narrow snouts bear large labyrinthodont teeth – this is why anthracosaurs were originally united with temnospondyls and other groups as labyrinthodonts (Romer 1947), which is today considered a polyphyletic assemblage.

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