Book-lungs in a Lower Carboniferous scorpion

@article{Jeram1990BooklungsIA,
  title={Book-lungs in a Lower Carboniferous scorpion},
  author={A. J. Jeram},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1990},
  volume={343},
  pages={360-361}
}
  • A. J. Jeram
  • Published 1990
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • INDIRECT evidence indicates that scorpions, which first appeared in the middle Silurian, were originally aquatic organisms like their eurypterid relatives1. Living scorpions have four pairs of book-lungs, each pair situated above a sternite on the ventral surface of the mesosoma (anterior abdomen) and each book-lung opening to the outside through a stigma which perforates the sternite. By contrast, most Palaeozoic scorpions had five abdominal plates, homologues of abdominal appendages, which… CONTINUE READING
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