A lamprey from the Devonian period of South Africa

  title={A lamprey from the Devonian period of South Africa},
  author={R. Gess and M. Coates and B. Rubidge},
  • R. Gess, M. Coates, B. Rubidge
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Lampreys are the most scientifically accessible of the remaining jawless vertebrates, but their evolutionary history is obscure. In contrast to the rich fossil record of armoured jawless fishes, all of which date from the Devonian period and earlier, only two Palaeozoic lampreys have been recorded, both from the Carboniferous period. In addition to these, the recent report of an exquisitely preserved Lower Cretaceous example demonstrates that anatomically modern lampreys were present by the… CONTINUE READING
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