An amniote-like skeleton from the Early Carboniferous of Scotland

@article{Paton1999AnAS,
  title={An amniote-like skeleton from the Early Carboniferous of Scotland},
  author={Robert Paton and Timothy R. Smithson and Jennifer A. Clack},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={398},
  pages={508-513}
}
The origin of tetrapods occurred in the Late Devonian period, and the earliest known taxa were aquatic. A gap of 30 million years has separated these early forms from the first record of terrestrial tetrapods, in the Late Viséan (Early Carboniferous). Here we report the discovery of a small, highly ossified, postcranial skeleton of a terrestrially adapted, amniote-like tetrapod from the Mid Viséan; this specimen shows the earliest known pentadactyl manus. The skeleton is associated with a… Expand

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