The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution

The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution

by John A. Long
     
 
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 in their interpretation.

Overview

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 in their interpretation.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Colorfully and lavishly illustrated with photographs of fossils and drawings of what prehistoric fish and their immediate ancestors and descendants might have looked like. Long (vertebrate paleontology, Western Australian Museum, Perth) describes the early jawless fish, sharks and their kin, extinct spiny fins, armored fish, fish with arms, true bony fish, ray fins, lungfish and other breathers, fish that flirted with land, and the ones that finally crawled up into the air. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sydney Morning Herald
Anyone wanting an overview of '500 million years of evolution' of fish and aquatic creatures really needs to read this acclaimed text. It is the work of Australian palaeontologist and curator John A. Long, who works at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. This is a second edition incorporating research from the past 15 years. This is not a work of popular science. It is a richly illustrated technical book that will be of interest to anyone wanting to know about fish before they crawled out of the oceans and started the long journey from amphibians to mammals.

Nature

One could almost take this for a coffee-table book at first glance, so profusely and well is it illustrated... This book is not just a scientific and educational tool; it is also a visual celebration of the glories of biological diversity as seen in the fossil record.

New Scientist
[Long] enlivens his account with tales from his extensive field work... Exceptionally lucid and comprehensively illustrated.

American Paleontologist
A marvelous addition to the literature of vertebrate paleontology.

Copeia
Overall, this second edition comes highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in the diversity and evolution of fishes. It is an excellent read that is both engaging and informative to a broad audience, and this book would be just as comfortable on the coffee table as it would be on the shelf in your office.

The Australian Geologist
This book is truly an exemplar of the amazing insights we have gained by integrating the comparative anatomical study of living animals with the evidence of the fossil record... The combination of numerous beautiful images with an engaging and well-written text by a research leader in the field makes it exeptional value.

— Gavin Young

The Australian Geologist - Gavin Young
This book is truly an exemplar of the amazing insights we have gained by integrating the comparative anatomical study of living animals with the evidence of the fossil record... The combination of numerous beautiful images with an engaging and well-written text by a research leader in the field makes it exeptional value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801854385
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
06/06/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.03(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

John A. Long is the vice president of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His numerous books include Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea: One Hundred Million Years of Evolution and Palaeozoic Vertebrate Biostratigraphy and Biogeography, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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