Studies in lower vertebrate evolution have of late been receiving increasing attention in the high profile scientific journals such as Nature and Science due to new discoveries that have elucidated some of the fundamental stages in the evolution of fishes through to tetrapods. Australia has been one of the places, along with China and North America, where recent discoveries have greatly contributed to the debate on the early radiations of osteichthyan fishes. It was no surprise then that as the call for papers for a specialist symposium on Palaeozoic vertebrates went out as part of the first International Palaentological Congress...

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