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Biological Mystery Series, Volume 3: Devonian Creatures [Japanese]

Series: Biological Mystery Series [Japanese] Volume: 3

By: Ken Tsuchiya (Author)

144 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations

Gijutsuhyōronsha

Hardback | Jul 2014 | #224885 | ISBN-13: 9784774165899
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Language: Japanese with scientific nomenclature

This series gives an unprecedented insight into the fascinating world of ancient creatures, and tickles and awakens the reader's intellectual curiosity.

This third installment in this series deals with the creatures of the Devonian period, 419.2 ± 3.2 to about 358.9 ± 0.4 million years ago. From fossils we know that a lot of fish appeared during this period. Sharks were the hunters of the sea, and bony fishes started to appear. The water underent a transformation into a "big fish era". At the same time, insects finally appeared on land. This volume focuses foremost on the fish diversity during this era though, as the Devonian became the cornerstone of vertebrate evolution. Based on the latest research results, their diversification is treated, but changes to the terrestrial ecosystem are also covered.

Summary in Japanese:
魅惑的な古生物たちの世界。
知的好奇心をくすぐり、知的探究心を呼び起こし、そして何よりシンプルに面白い。
そんな世界を、みなさまにお届けします。

シリーズ3作目は「デボン紀の生物」。
たくさんの魚類化石が出現することで知られるデボン紀。海のハンターといわれるサメ、現生の大部分が属する硬骨魚類が登場し、水中は“大魚類時代"へと変貌を遂げます。
一方、陸上ではついに昆虫類が誕生。現世を謳歌する虫たちの祖先が闊歩し始めます。
本書では、魚類を中心にデボン紀を俯瞰。
最新の研究成果をもとに、魚類はなぜ多様化したのか、前時代から生き延びた水中生物はどうなったのか、また陸上の生態系はどう変化したのか、そんな疑問に迫りつつ、デボン紀末の大量絶滅までを見ていきます。

脊椎動物の進化の礎となったデボン紀。人間につながる生命史のミステリーが広がるこの時代を、存分にお楽しみ下さい。


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