By John G. Maisey
Fishes have a different evolutionary historical past that stretches again in time greater than 450 million years. they're exceptionally ancient-older than the dinosaurs-and contain the ancestors of all limbed vertebrates residing on land, even humans.In getting to know Fossil Fishes, John Maisey lines the evolution of fishes over the process approximately part one billion years, describing the invention in their impressive fossil continues to be and explaining what those historic animals let us know approximately our personal position within the heritage of lifestyles. Combining present medical info with exciting stories approximately old and modern fieldwork, Maisey brings to lifestyles the improvement of armored fishes, monster sharks, and fishes with fingers as he finds the subtleties of evolution's maximum luck story.More considerable and extra varied than their air-breathing cousins, fishes at the present time dominate the seas and freshwaters of Earth. via extraordinary full-color pictures in their fossils and of fossil reconstructions by means of artists David Miller and Ivy Rutzky, besides informative pictures, charts, diagrams, and drawings, we find a astounding half-billion-year historical past during which lies our personal watery origins.
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Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey