Head and backbone of the Early Cambrian vertebrate Haikouichthys

@article{Shu2003HeadAB,
  title={Head and backbone of the Early Cambrian vertebrate Haikouichthys},
  author={D.-G. Shu and S. C. Morris and J. Han and Z.-F. Zhang and K. Yasui and P. Janvier and L. Chen and X. Zhang and J. Liu and Y. Li and H. Liu},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={421},
  pages={526-529}
}
  • D.-G. Shu, S. C. Morris, +8 authors H. Liu
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
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