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From the Aquatic to the Terrestrial Environment; the Tetrapoda

  • Jean Chaline

Abstract

During the later stages of the Devonian, osteolepiforms, doubtless much like Eusthenopteron or the Panderichthyidae, acquired characteristics allowing them to live, at least partly, in a continental environment. These were the first tetrapods. For these aquatic animals to be able to live in a terrestrial setting, it was necessary for them to acquire a certain number of adaptations relative to various vital functions: respiration, resistance to desiccation, locomotion, and reproduction.

Keywords

Vertebral Column Terrestrial Environment Endochondral Ossification Lower Triassic Neural Arch 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Chaline
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CNRS-U.R.A157-DijonFrance
  2. 2.Inst. des Sciences de la TerreUniversité de DijonDijonFrance

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