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History of the Coelacanth Fishes
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This work has shown clear trends in the classification and evolution of coelacanths over time, and these trends are likely to continue to improve over the course of the century.
Fossil fishes from the Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Namoura, Lebanon
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Comparisons with other Cenomanian localities surrounding central Tethys suggest a phenetically closer relationship between Morocco, Lebanon and Slovenia than between any of these localities and Southeast England.
Agnathans and the origin of jawed vertebrates
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The origins of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes) lie somewhere within the ranks of long-extinct jawless fishes, represented today as the lampreys and hagfishes, and recent discoveries have revitalized debates about the relationships of ancient fishes and given fresh insights into early vertebrate history.
Conodont affinity and chordate phylogeny
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It is concluded that conodonts are cladistically more derived than either hagfishes or lampreys because they possess a mineralised dermal skeleton and that they are the most plesiomorphic member of the total group Gnathostomata.
Golden jubilee for the coelacanth Latimeria chalumnae
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Fifty years ago this week, Latimeria chalumnae was discovered, the only living representative of the otherwise extinct coelacanth fishes and there are now fears that it too will become extinct before its centenary.
The Cretaceous-Tertiary biotic transition
Mass extinctions are recognized through the study of fossil groups across event horizons, and from analyses of long-term trends in taxonomic richness and diversity. Both approaches have inherent
Cladistics: A Practical Course in Systematics
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The relations between similarities homoplasty and the interpretation of character conflict monophyletic, paraphyletic and polyphyletic groups sister groups and ancestor-descendant relationships the transformation of cladistics phenetics eclectic of evolutionary taxonomy.
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