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The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution second edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801896958
ISBN-10: 0801896959
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Editorial Reviews

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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.

(Sydney Morning Herald)

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.

(Copeia)

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)

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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.

(Nature)

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

(New Scientist)

A marvelous addition to the literature of vertebrate paleontology.

(American Paleontologist)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; second edition edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801896959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801896958
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Updated information, easy reading, perfect fossil photos and drawings. Excellent book for researchers and educators of evolution of fishes and Vertebrates in general
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I love this book. If you have an interest in prehistoric fish than purchase this book. Wonderfully illustrated with photos and paintings. A must for
paleontologists and ichthyologists both amateur and professional.
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This is a very good book about the evolution of fishes.You will know the clue of evolution of fishes,which is very interesting.
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Very informative book from the beginning of fish evolution to the modern fishes. Had nice pictures of artist interpretation of what the ancient now extinct fish looked like.
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