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The oldest actinopterygian highlights the cryptic early history of the hyperdiverse ray-finned fishes

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Osteichthyans comprise two divisions, each containing over 32,000 living species [1]: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fishes and tetrapods) and Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes). Recent discoveries from China highlight the morphological disparity of early sarcopterygians and extend their origin into the late Silurian [2-4]. By contrast, the oldest unambiguous actinopterygians are roughly 30 million years younger, leaving a long temporal gap populated by fragments and rare body fossils of controve...

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10.1016/j.cub.2016.04.045

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
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Earth Sciences
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University of Oxford
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MPLS
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Earth Sciences
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Giles, S
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NE/J500045/1
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Friedman, M
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Philip Leverhulme Prize
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Friedman, M
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Philip Leverhulme Prize
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Cell Press Publisher's website
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Current Biology Journal website
Publication date:
2016-05-19
Acceptance date:
2016-04-18
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1879-0445
ISSN:
0960-9822
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624591
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English
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2016-06-16

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