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Live birth in the Devonian period

Long, John; Trinajstic, Kate; Young, Gavin; Senden, Timothy

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The extinct placoderm fishes were the dominant group of vertebrates throughout the Middle Palaeozoic era, yet controversy about their relationships within the gnathostomes (jawed vertebrates) is partly due to different interpretations of their reproductive biology. Here we document the oldest record of a live-bearing vertebrate in a new ptyctodontid placoderm, Materpiscis attenboroughi gen. et sp. nov., from the Late Devonian Gogo Formation of Australia (approximately 380 million years ago)....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/39689
Source: Nature
DOI: 10.1038/nature06966

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