Sarcopterygii and the Origin of Tetrapods

  • Henryk Szarski
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


The affinities of land vertebrates have been discussed many times, the history of the issue in itself being an interesting subject. It is not necessary at the moment to go into details; let us only recall that the important paper of Jarvik (1942), as well as the long series of later publications by this author (e.g. 1960, 1975), for a time persuaded the majority of zoologists that the different tetrapod groups arose from crossopterygians in an independent, polyphyletic manner. Jarvik’s ideas have been criticised inter alii by Szarski (1962), Parsons and Williams (1963), Remane (1964), Reig (1964), Schmalhausen (1964), and others. They have also been defended by Stensio (1963), Herre (1964), Lehman (1968), Bjerring (1975), Nieuwkoop and Sutasurya (1976), among others.


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  • Henryk Szarski
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  1. 1.Dept. of Comparative AnatomyJagellonian UniversityKrakowPoland

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