Palaeogeography: Devonian tetrapod from western Europe

  title={Palaeogeography: Devonian tetrapod from western Europe},
  author={Ga{\"e}l Cl{\'e}ment and Per Erik Ahlberg and Alain Blieck and Henning Blom and Jennifer Alice Clack and {\'E}douard Poty and Jacques Thorez and Philippe Janvier},
Several discoveries of Late Devonian tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) have been made during the past two decades, but each has been confined to one locality. Here we describe a tetrapod jaw of about 365 million years (Myr) old from the Famennian of Belgium, which is the first from western continental Europe. The jaw closely resembles that of Ichthyostega, a Famennian tetrapod hitherto known only from Greenland. The environment of this fossil provides information about the conditions that… 

The biostratigraphical and palaeogeographical framework of the earliest diversification of tetrapods (Late Devonian)

Abstract The earliest diversification of tetrapods is dated as Late Devonian based on 10 localities worldwide that have yielded bone remains. At least 18 different species are known from these

Palaeozoic Non-Amniote Tetrapods

A primitive megalichthyid fi sh (Sarcopterygii, Tetrapodomorpha) from the Upper Devonian of Turkey and its biogeographical implications

Th e vertebrate fauna of the red sandstone of Pamucak-Sapan Dere Unit of the Upper Antalya Nappe (Frasnian?, Turkey) is reviewed on the basis of new material. Th e association of the phyllolepid

The oldest notostracan (Upper Devonian Strud locality, Belgium)

The notostracans described herein are the earliest clear members of the total group Notostraca.

New discoveries of tetrapods (ichthyostegid‐like and whatcheeriid‐like) in the Famennian (Late Devonian) localities of Strud and Becco (Belgium)

Tetrapod remains from two Famennian localities from Belgium are described, confirming that environments favourable to early tetrapod life were often colonized by several tetrapOD taxa and several derived anatomical characters allowing their tentative assignment to a whatcheeriid-grade group.

Euryhaline ecology of early tetrapods revealed by stable isotopes

An approach using multiple stable isotopes reveals that early tetrapods of the Devonian period were euryhaline animals that inhabited aquatic environments of highly variable salinity.

First decapod crustaceans in a Late Devonian continental ecosystem

The origin and early diversification of decapod crustaceans and their expansion from marine to continental environments are key events in arthropod evolution. Rare fossil decapods are known from the

The Greatest Step in Vertebrate History: A Paleobiological Review of the Fish‐Tetrapod Transition*

  • J. LongM. Gordon
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
  • 2004
This review summarizes major advances made and reevaluates alternative interpretations of important parts of the evidence of the fish‐tetrapod transition, and discusses each of these steps with respect to inferred functional utility of acquired character sets.

Stratigraphy and depositional environments of the Late Famennian (Late Devonian) of Southern Belgium and characterization of the Strud locality

Abstract The Famennian (Upper Devonian, c. 372 to 359 Ma) strata of Belgium have recently received much attention after the discoveries of early tetrapod remains and outstandingly preserved

Ever Since Owen: Changing Perspectives on the Early Evolution of Tetrapods

Research emphasis can now shift to broader-based questions, including the whole of the early tetrapod radiation, from the divergence from other lobed-finned fishes to the origins of modern amphibians and amniotes.



Palaeontology: First Devonian tetrapod from Asia

The discovery of the first Devonian tetrapod from Asia is reported, a finding that substantially extends the geographical range of these animals and raises new questions about their dispersal.

The origin and early diversification of tetrapods

Devonian tetrapods were more fish-like than believed previously, whereas Lower Carboniferous tetrapod faunas contain early representatives of the amphibian and amniote lineages.

Fish with fingers?

This discovery reveals that major tetrapod novelties are also seen in the paddles of some closely related fish and therefore need not have arisen to meet the demands of a terrestrial existence.

Lower jaws, lower tetrapods–a review based on the Devonian genus Acanthostega

Abstract The lower jaw of the Devonian tetrapod Acanthostega is described for the first time. Redescriptions are provided for the lower jaws of the elpistostegid Panderichthys, the Devonian tetrapods

Tide-influenced sedimentary environments and facies

This volume contains examples of recent as well as fossil tide-influenced sedimentary facies. Studies of recent tidal processes and sediments provide an insight into the way in which tidal facies and

Gaining Ground (Indiana

  • 2002