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An exceptional Devonian fish from Australia sheds light on tetrapod origins

Long, John; Young, Gavin; Holland, Tim; Senden, Timothy; Fitzgerald, Erich M G

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The transition from fishes to tetrapods was one of the most dramatic events in the evolution of vertebrates, but many pivotal fossils are incomplete, resulting in gaps in the data that are used for phylogenetic reconstruction. Here we present new observations from the most complete, acid-prepared Devonian tetrapodomorph fish yet discovered, Gogonasus, which was previously placed just crownward of Kenichthys and rhizodontids, the most primitive taxa on the tetrapod lineage. Unexpectedly,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/20280
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature05243

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