Evolutionary Biology of Primitive Fishes

  • R. E. Foreman
  • A. Gorbman
  • J. M. Dodd
  • R. Olsson

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 103)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Carl Gans
    Pages 1-9
  3. Gunnar Bertmar
    Pages 11-29
  4. Hans C. Bjerring
    Pages 31-57
  5. Bo Fernholm
    Pages 113-122
  6. Ger T. Rijkers
    Pages 187-202
  7. Warren Burggren, Kjell Johansen, Brian McMahon
    Pages 217-252
  8. G. W. Brown Jr., Susan G. Brown
    Pages 321-337
  9. Stefan O. Emdin, Donald F. Steiner, Sju Jin Chan, Sture Falkmer
    Pages 363-378
  10. Michael C. Thorndyke, Sture Falkmer
    Pages 379-400
  11. Yves-Alain Fontaine
    Pages 413-432
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 455-463

About this book


What, precisely, is a primitive fish? Most biologists would agree that the living cyclostomes, selachians, crossopterygians, etc. cannot be considered truly primitive. However, they and the fossil record have served to provide the information which forms the basis for speculation concerning the nature of the original vertebrates. This symposium of biologists from a variety of disciplines was called together to create collectively, from the best available current evidence, a picture of the probable line of evolution of the prototype primitive fishes. The symposium was designed to follow one that took place in Stockholm in 1967, convened for a similar purpose, with about the same number of participants. It is a matter of interest that almost the entire 1967 symposium (Nobel Symposium 4) dealt only with the hard tissues, whether fossil or modern. In charting the course of the present symposium it was felt that the intervening years have produced numerous lines of new evidence that could be employed in the same way that a navigator determines his position. Each field, be it adult morphology, geology, ecology, biochemistry, development or physiology, generates evidence that can be extrapolated backward from existing vertebrate forms and forward from invertebrate forms. If the intersect of only two lines of evidence produces a navigational "fix" of rather low reliability, then an intersect, however unfocussed, of multiple guidelines from more numerous disciplines might provide a better position from which to judge early vertebrate history.


biology development evolution evolutionary biology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • R. E. Foreman
    • 1
  • A. Gorbman
    • 2
  • J. M. Dodd
    • 3
  • R. Olsson
    • 4
  1. 1.Bamfield Marine StationBamfieldCanada
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.University College of North WalesBangorUK
  4. 4.University of StockholmStockholmSweden

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