Tetrapod Fossil Found – First Ever in Asia

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 18, 2002   View Article

Tetrapods, Earth’s oldest four-limbed creatures, walked along the ancient Chinese coastline as early as 355 million years ago, according to a fossilized jaw bone discovered and analyzed by an international team of scientists.

The fossil is evidence that the first vertebrates with limbs—not fins—colonized most of the planet and evolved a diverse range of forms within a relatively short period of time, the team reports in the December 19 issue of the journal Nature.

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