How Vertebrates Left the Water by Michel Laurin

By Michel Laurin

greater than 300 million years ago—a rather fresh date within the billion years because existence first appeared—vertebrate animals first ventured onto land. This usefully illustrated ebook describes how a few finned vertebrates bought limbs, giving upward push to greater than 25,000 extant tetrapod species. Michel Laurin makes use of paleontological, geological, physiological, and comparative anatomical information to explain this enormous occasion. He summarizes key options of contemporary paleontological learn, together with organic nomenclature, paleontological and molecular courting, and the equipment used to deduce phylogeny and personality evolution. besides a dialogue of the evolutionary pressures that can have led vertebrates onto dry land, the e-book additionally indicates how extant vertebrates yield clues concerning the conquest of land and the way scientists discover evolutionary history.

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