Palaeontology: A firm step from water to land

@article{Ahlberg2006PalaeontologyAF,
  title={Palaeontology: A firm step from water to land},
  author={Per Erik Ahlberg and Jennifer Alice Clack},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={440},
  pages={747-749}
}
A project designed to discover fossils that illuminate the transition between fishes and land vertebrates has delivered the goods. At a stroke, our picture of that transition is greatly improved.When fins became limbsThe transition between fishes and limbed vertebrates, or tetrapods, occurred over 370 million years ago and required changes to virtually the entire body. Sensational fossil finds, and reinterpretations of old ones, have radically altered thinking on this topic in the past 20 years… 
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