By: Peter L Forey
419 pages, 20 b/w photos, 150 line illus
This book provides the first complete and scientific account of the taxonomy and evolution of this group of fishes. The author considers the traditional view that coelacanths are the nearest living relatives to tetrapods as incorrect, and contends that they are far more primitive than first thought. Contents: natural history; comparative osteology; relationships and evolution; taxonomy.
'Collaboration between Chapman & Hall and the Natural History Museum has produced this rich and erudite volume...are to be congratulated on their commitment. ...elegantly written and easy enough to assimilate. Most palaeoichthyologists will have it on their wish-list.' Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 13:8 (1998)
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