Earliest known crown-group salamanders

@article{Gao2003EarliestKC,
  title={Earliest known crown-group salamanders},
  author={Ke-Qin Gao and Neil H. Shubin},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={422},
  pages={424-428}
}
Salamanders are a model system for studying the rates and patterns of the evolution of new anatomical structures. Recent discoveries of abundant Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous salamanders are helping to address these issues. Here we report the discovery of well-preserved Middle Jurassic salamanders from China, which constitutes the earliest known record of crown-group urodeles (living salamanders and their closest relatives). The new specimens are from the volcanic deposits of the… CONTINUE READING
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