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When the Invasion of Land FailedThe Legacy of the Devonian Extinctions$
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George McGhee,

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231160575

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231160575.001.0001

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Victory at Last

Victory at Last

(p.213) Chapter 7 Victory at Last
When the Invasion of Land Failed

George R. McGhee

Columbia University Press

This chapter identifies the new tetrapod species that dwelt on land after the End-Famennian Catastrophe. The first tetrapod to appear in the Carboniferous period is the Scottish species Pederpes finneyae. There are also two other tetrapod species populations that existed during the gap: the species Greererpeton burkemorani from West Virginia in North America and Crassigyrinus scoticus in Scotland, which are from the families of the Colosteidae and the Crassigyrinidae, respectively. The Tournaisian Colosteids, Crassigyrinids, and Whatcheeriids are followed by two species of Baphetids that appeared in the Visean, which are Eucritta melanolimnetes from Scotland and Loxomma allmanni from England. The last tetrapod that was identified to inhabit the earth during this period was the Casineria kiddi from Scotland.

Keywords:   End-Famennian Catastrophe, tetrapod, Carboniferous period, Colosteids, Crassigyrinids, Whatcheeriids

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