Rainer R. Schoch
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This chapter from Amphibian Evolution (PDF) examines the first land-dwelling vertebrates and the arduous path they had to travel in order to become fully land-based and independent of the water. It investigates where tetrapod choices came from and attempts to explain how and why they transformed into organs that allow life to exist on land. Although paleontology makes up the bulk of the subject matter and focuses mostly on the fossils that have been found within the last 370 million years, this field of study is by no means limited to that specialty alone. The goal here is to obtain a comprehensive view of the evolution of amphibians. It places an emphasis on some of the most important topics in contemporary paleobiology, such as how diverse the early tetrapods had been. What do we know about the soft bodies of extinct amphibians, and what does this tell us about the development of vital organs during the process of moving from the water to the land? Which environments did they inhabit, and how had they been kept in those environments? How did the primary amphibians grow and progress, and what aspects of their evolution were the most crucial to their development?
Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol serves as the series editor for the Topics in Paleobiology publication, which is published in collaboration with the Palaeontological Association.
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