Evolution of the vertebrates: a history of the backboned animals through time
A comprehensive survey of vertebrate evolution, based upon our knowledge of the fossil record. New edition introduces concept of Plate Tectonics, and is completely up-to-date. Contains many attractive illustrations. Presupposes no prior scientific background.
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Fossilsthe evidence in the rocks 2 Animals with backbones
Geologic time 6 The sequence of vertebrates through
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acanthodians adaptive radiation Africa amphibians ancestors animals armor arthrodires artiodactyls became birds body bones bony fishes braincase canine carnivores cats Cenozoic characters cheek teeth condylarth continued creodonts Cretaceous crossopterygians cusps Devonian dinosaurs dorsal fin early elongated Eocene epoch evolution evolutionary development evolutionary history evolved extinct faunas feet Figure fossil record front genera genus geologic gill head shield hind hoofed mammals ichthyosaurs ichthyostegids incisors indicate insectivores Jurassic known labyrinthodonts land-living vertebrates late lemurs limbs lines of adaptive lived lower jaw lungfishes mammalian mammals marsupials mastodonts Mesozoic middle Miocene modern molars North America numerous Old World Oligocene Order ostracoderms paired fins Paleocene Paleozoic pelvic perissodactyls Permian placental placoderms plates Pleistocene Pliocene premolars Prepared by Lois primitive probably proboscideans region represented reptiles rodents sediments sharks Silurian skeleton skull South specialized species spines Suborder teleosts Tertiary tetrapods tion toes tooth trend Triassic ungulates upper vertebrates whales