Geographical and Ecological Distribution of the Earliest Tetrapods

  • A. L. Panchen
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 14)


Acceptance of the theory of Continental Drift was generally welcomed by vertebrate paleontologists who had concerned themselves with the problems of paleogeography (e.g. McKenna, 1973). This is perhaps particularly the case with those concerned with the fauna of early tetrapods which first appears in the fossil record in the late Paleozoic. In the last century Cope (1868) noted similarities in both Upper Carboniferous and Early Permian tetrapod faunas between Europe and North America.


North America Lower Permian Nova Scotia Lower Devonian Continental Drift 
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  • A. L. Panchen
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyThe University Newcastle upon TyneEngland

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