First discovery of a primitive coelacanth fin fills a major gap in the evolution of lobed fins and limbs

  title={First discovery of a primitive coelacanth fin fills a major gap in the evolution of lobed fins and limbs},
  author={M. Friedman and M. Coates and P. Anderson},
  journal={Evolution & Development},
  • M. Friedman, M. Coates, P. Anderson
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Evolution & Development
  • SUMMARY The fossil record provides unique clues about the primitive pattern of lobed fins, the precursors of digit‐bearing limbs. Such information is vital for understanding the evolutionary transition from fish fins to tetrapod limbs, and it guides the choice of model systems for investigating the developmental changes underpinning this event. However, the evolutionary preconditions for tetrapod limbs remain unclear. This uncertainty arises from an outstanding gap in our knowledge of early… CONTINUE READING
    55 Citations

    Topics from this paper.

    Pectoral girdle and fin anatomy of Gogonasus andrewsae long, 1985: Implications for tetrapodomorph limb evolution
    • T. Holland
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Journal of morphology
    • 2013
    • 17
    • Highly Influenced
    Reconstructing pectoral appendicular muscle anatomy in fossil fish and tetrapods over the fins‐to‐limbs transition
    • 14
    • PDF


    A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan
    • 339
    • PDF
    The origin of vertebrate limbs.
    • M. Coates
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Development (Cambridge, England). Supplement
    • 1994
    • 161
    • PDF
    The evolution of paired fins
    • M. Coates
    • Computer Science
    • Theory in Biosciences
    • 2003
    • 54
    Pectoral fins of rhizodontids and the evolution of pectoral appendages in the tetrapod stem-group
    • 26
    • PDF
    Fins to limbs: what the fossils say 1
    • 111
    • Highly Influential
    • PDF
    Pectoral fin and girdle development in the basal actinopterygians Polyodon spathula and Acipenser transmontanus
    • 58
    • PDF
    Development of the paired fins in the paddlefish, Polyodon spathula
    • 29