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The earliest known stem-tetrapod from the Lower Devonian of China

Lu, Jing; Zhu, Min; Long, John A; Zhao, Wenjin; Senden, Timothy; Jia, Liantao; Qiao, Tuo


Recent discoveries of advanced fish-like stem-tetrapods (for example, Panderichthys and Tiktaalik) have greatly improved our knowledge of the fin-to-limb transition. However, a paucity of fossil data from primitive finned tetrapods prevents profound understanding of the acquisition sequence of tetrapod characters. Here we report a new stem-tetrapod (Tungsenia paradoxa gen. et sp. nov.) from the Lower Devonian (Pragian, ∼409 million years ago) of China, which extends the earliest record of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms2170
Access Rights: Open Access


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