Did lungs and the intracardiac shunt evolve to oxygenate the heart in vertebrates?

@article{Farmer1997DidLA,
  title={Did lungs and the intracardiac shunt evolve to oxygenate the heart in vertebrates?},
  author={Colleen G Farmer},
  journal={Paleobiology},
  year={1997},
  volume={23},
  pages={358 - 372}
}
  • C. Farmer
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Biology
  • Paleobiology
Traditional wisdom of the evolution of lungs in fishes is that lungs arose when gill ventilation was hindered by an aquatic habitat that was low in oxygen. This scenario has been buttressed primarily by a proposed correlation between extant air-breathing fishes and hypoxic habitats, as well as by the fact that early vertebrate fossils were found in sediments believed to indicate a semi-arid environment. There are problems with this scenario, yet it retains a dominant influence on how the… 

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