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Nature 368, 507 - 514 (07 April 1994); doi:10.1038/368507a0

The origin and early diversification of tetrapods

Per E. Ahlberg & Andrew R. Milner

Department of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 560, UK
Department of Biology, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX, UK.

A series of new fossil discoveries, coupled with cladistic analysis of old and new data, is beginning to resolve the origin of tetrapods into a documented sequence of character acquisition. Devonian tetrapods were more fish-like than believed previously, whereas Lower Carboniferous tetrapod faunas contain early representatives of the amphibian and amniote lineages. These very different assemblages are separated by a 20-million-year Tournaisian gap' which has yielded very few tetrapod fossils.

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