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Initial radiation of jaws demonstrated stability despite faunal and environmental change

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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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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Earth Sciences
Role:
Author
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
476
Issue:
7359
Pages:
206-209
Publication date:
2011-08-11
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:8bc2c0c2-8b4f-4f4f-ad0c-1c0544153139
Source identifiers:
179419
Local pid:
pubs:179419
Language:
English

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