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The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution
by John A. Long
Armored fishes and monster sharks, fishes with arms and fishes that breathe air--these and many other strange creatures are part of the remarkable story told in this book. In The Rise of Fishes, John Long traces the evolutionary history of fishes over the course of 500 million years, describes the discovery of extraordinary fossil remains, and explains the techniques used ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 6th 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published April 1st 1995)
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Such a neat book! I devoured it. Easy to read, excellent photographs--I only wish there had been even more in-depth discussion than was presented. This isn't a lengthy book by any means, hence my knocking off one star for an otherwise wonderful book. I very highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the evolution of fish.
Even I can tell that the text is a bit outdated in spots (for example, it talks about Pikaia from the Burgess shale as the earliest known chordate, but this was before the earlier Chengjiang fauna was studied); and the author's insistence on describing all evolution as a rise directly toward humans annoys me no end, but the real joy of the volume is the pictures!! Won't soon be replaced in that respect.
John Albert Long (born 1957) is an Australian paleontologist. He currently serves as Strategic Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University, Adelaide.More about John A. Long...