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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 2 edition (27 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025335675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253356758
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A wonderful tale encrypted in fossils, genes, and flesh." Carl Zimmer, author of At the Water's Edge Praise for the second edition: "This new edition of Jennifer A. Clack's groundbreaking book tells the complex story of their emergence and evolution. Beginning with their closest relatives, the lobe-fin fishes such as lungfishes and coelacanths, Clack defines what a tetrapod is, describes their anatomy, and explains how they are related to other vertebrates. She looks at the Devonian environment in which they evolved, describes the known and newly discovered species, and explores the order and timing of anatomical changes that occurred during the fish-to-tetrapod transition." - --Ian Paulsen, Grrl Scientist hosted by The Guardian, July 8th, 2012

"This outstanding update of early tetrapod anatomy, phylogeny and systematics... will be extremely useful to students and lecturers in palaeontology, geology, zoology and general biology [and] a 'must' for researchers in the field." Nature "A landmark review of some of the most important discoveries in vertebrate biology and evolution during the close of the past century." --Palaios

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This well-illustrated microcosm of vertebrate paleontology provides exciting glimpses of what research in this field is about.December 2002 (F. S. Szalay University of New Mexico)

The questions of our ancestry are far-reaching and oft argued. In Gaining Ground, Clack offers a new synthesis that demystifies many of the puzzles and cuts straight to the facts. (Dino Land Book Reviews)

This outstanding update of early tetrapod anatomy, phylogeny and systematics . . . will be extremely useful to students and lecturers in palaeontology, geology, zoology and general biology [and] a ‘must’ for researchers in the field. (Nature)

[A] remarkable reference work, with detailed anatomical descriptions of early tetrapods and their ancestors, a discussion of the environments these creatures inhabited, a chronicle of important fossil sites and discoveries, and an expert summary of the tetrapod family tree. The text is clear . . . and the book is well illustrated, making it an ideal reference for students and researchers. . . . Highly recommended. (Choice)

A landmark review of some of the most important discoveries in vertebrate biology and evolution during the close of the past century. (PALAIOS)

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