Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology

  title={Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology},
  author={Per Erik Ahlberg and Jennifer Alice Clack and Ervīns Luk{\vs}evi{\vc}s and Henning Blom and Ivars Zupiņ{\vs}},
The gap in our understanding of the evolutionary transition from fish to tetrapod is beginning to close thanks to the discovery of new intermediate forms such as Tiktaalik roseae. Here we narrow it further by presenting the skull, exceptionally preserved braincase, shoulder girdle and partial pelvis of Ventastega curonica from the Late Devonian of Latvia, a transitional intermediate form between the ‘elpistostegids’ Panderichthys and Tiktaalik and the Devonian tetrapods (limbed vertebrates… 

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