Dennis R. Carter and Gary S. BeaupreĢ, 2001, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 318 p. (Hardcover $80.00) ISBN: 0 521 79000 X.

Dermal bone formed in the craniopharyngeal region of jawless fish approximately 500 million years ago, and in relatively short order (at least from a geological perspective), perichondral and endochondral bone developed as well. These durable skeletal tissues, with their generally positive propensity for preservation, have provided fodder for generations of vertebrate paleontologists. Indeed, the long and diverse history of the Vertebrata is written largely in tooth and bone, with additional insights gained via molecular data and occasional tracks in...

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