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The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution Paperback – June 6, 1996
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"A great deal of background information and, above all, hundreds of superb photographs and drawings. 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. It will come as a surprise to many who have not realized how far the paleontology of early vertebrates has progressed or experienced the depth of evolutionary information available from fossils. And, best of all, there is clearly more to come." -- Nature
"[Long] enlivens his account with tales from his extensive field work... Exceptionally lucid and comprehensively illustrated." -- New Scientist
"Scholarly, but very readable." -- D. Moskowitz, Northeastern Naturalist
Armored fishes and monster sharks, fishes with arms and fishes that breathe--these and many other strange creatures are part of the remarkable story told in The Rise of Fishes. Featuring more than 300 color illustrations, the book includes photographs of fossils from around the world as well as the author's dramatic color illustrations of what the fish may actually have looked like.
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paleontologists and ichthyologists both amateur and professional.
For most people paleontology=dinosaurs...but that's a small and late part of the story. This celebrates the important and fascinating story of fish.