Elpistostege and the origin of the vertebrate hand

@article{Cloutier2020ElpistostegeAT,
  title={Elpistostege and the origin of the vertebrate hand},
  author={Richard Cloutier and Alice M. Clement and Michael S. Y. Lee and Roxanne No{\"e}l and Isabelle B{\'e}chard and Vincent Roy and John A. Long},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2020},
  volume={579},
  pages={549 - 554}
}
The evolution of fishes to tetrapods (four-limbed vertebrates) was one of the most important transformations in vertebrate evolution. Hypotheses of tetrapod origins rely heavily on the anatomy of a few tetrapod-like fish fossils from the Middle and Late Devonian period (393–359 million years ago)1. These taxa—known as elpistostegalians—include Panderichthys2, Elpistostege3,4 and Tiktaalik1,5, none of which has yet revealed the complete skeletal anatomy of the pectoral fin. Here we report a 1.57… Expand
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