New Palaeontological Contributions to Limb Ontogeny and Phylogeny

  • Michael Coates
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 205)


Recently, together with my colleague Dr Jennifer Clack, (Coates and Clack,1990) I reported the discovery of polydactylous, Devonian tetrapod limbs: the forelimb of Acanthostega (Jarvik, 1952), and the hindlimb of lchthyostega (Jarvik, 1952,1980). These data, and other recent discoveries of early tetrapod material, combine to produce an almost completely new picture of the emergence of terrestrial vertebrate life. The first aim of this paper is to provide an updated palaeontological data–base for the study of vertebrate limb development.


Postcranial Skeleton Vertebrate Limb Early Limb Tetrapod Limb Limb Morphology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Coates
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  1. 1.University Museum of ZoologyCambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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