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A newly recognized fossil coelacanth highlights the early morphological diversification of the clade

Abstract:

Previously considered an actinopterygian or an osteichthyan incertae sedis, the Devonian (Givetian-Frasnian) Holopterygius nudus is reinterpreted as a coelacanth. This genus is among the oldest coelacanths known from articulated remains, but its eel-like morphology marks a considerable departure from the conventional coelacanth body plan. A cladistic analysis places Holopterygius as the sister taxon of the Carboniferous (Serpukhovian) genus Allenypterus. Despite the specialized morphology of ...

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10.1098/rspb.2005.3316

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Friedman, M More by this author
Coates, MI More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume:
273
Issue:
1583
Pages:
245-250
Publication date:
2006-01-22
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:c033586e-dac2-47d2-98d2-ea718756202b
Source identifiers:
153945
Local pid:
pubs:153945

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