Brian K. Hall (ed), Fins into Limbs: Evolution, Development, and Transformation
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Editor Brian K. Hall has brought together experts in developmental biology, paleontology, and comparative anatomy to provide a broad, integrative overview of the fin to limb transition. For the sake of full disclosure it should be noted that since my own research deals with morphology of the mammalian skeleton, and that is the area I am most familiar with, the following review probably does not give due justice to the sections on fish, reptile, and amphibian anatomy. The 19 chapters of Fins into Limbsare organized into three thematic areas: Evolution (Ch. 1–4), Development (Ch. 5–12), and Transformation (Ch. 13–19). Although a number of the authors have provided line drawings within the chapters themselves, the color plates for all the chapters are placed together as a group in the middle of Chapter 6. The color plates are beautiful, particularly those provided by Witten and Huysseune, but the reader is forced to go back to the middle of the book and search through the plates to find...
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