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Initial radiation of jaws demonstrated stability despite faunal and environmental change.

Abstract:

More than 99 per cent of the roughly 58,000 living vertebrate species have jaws. This major clade, whose members are collectively known as gnathostomes ('jawed mouths'), made its earliest definitive appearance in the Silurian period, 444-416 million years (Myr) ago, with both the origin of the modern (crown-group) radiation and the presumptive invasion of land occurring by the end of the Devonian period (359 Myr ago). These events coincided with a major faunal shift that remains apparent toda...

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10.1038/nature10207

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Anderson, PS More by this author
Friedman, M More by this author
Brazeau, MD More by this author
Brazeau, MD More by this author
Rayfield, EJ More by this author
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
476
Issue:
7359
Pages:
206-209
Publication date:
2011-08-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:8bc23a86-fa84-4adb-845b-b716f25fae48
Source identifiers:
166717
Local pid:
pubs:166717

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