The rise of fishes : 500 million years of evolution / John A. Long
- Long, John A., 1957-
- Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- 2nd ed.
- Physical Description:
- xiv, 287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
- Earth, rocks, evolution, and fish : background information to understanding fish evolution -- Glorified swimming worms : the first fishes : origins of chordates and the first vertebrates -- Jawless wonders : hagfishes, lampreys, and their extinct armored kin -- Armored fishes and fishes with arms : the armored placoderms, kings of the Devonian seas, rivers, and lakes -- Sharks and their cartilaginous kin : killers from the dawn of time -- Spiny-jawed fishes : the odd mixture of early jawed fishes such as acanthodians and their kin -- An epiphany of evolution : the Osteichtyes, fishes having well-ossified internal skeletons -- Primitive ray-finned fishes : the rapid rise of the first bony fishes -- Teleosteans, the champions : the origin and diversification of the world's most successful vertebrates -- The ghost fish and other primeval predators : lobe-finned sarcopterygians and where they fit -- Strangers in the bite : dipnomorphans : how fishes learned to breathe air -- Big teeth, strong fins : fishes with fin bone patterns like human arms and legs -- The greatest step in evolution : from swimming fishes to walking land animals.
- 9780801896958 (hardcover : alk. paper) and 0801896959 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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