Definition of tetrapod
: a vertebrate (such as an amphibian, a bird, or a mammal) with two pairs of limbs
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The importance of global parsimony and historical bias in understanding tetrapod evolution.
Once ashore, these four-limbed vertebrates, called tetrapods, branched into an impressive range of animals: amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs, birds and mammals.
Unusual tetrapod teeth from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Arizona, USA.
A unique life history among tetrapods: An annual chameleon living mostly as an egg [PNAS] Image: Christopher J. Raxworthy Note:
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The earliest tetrapods, or "four-footed" animals, were mammal-like reptiles that evolved before the rise of the dinosaurs and ranged from mouse-sized to cow-sized. Today the tetrapods include the reptiles, the amphibians, the birds, and the mammals—including humans. Though the fish aren't classified as tetrapods, it's quite possible that our own limbs began as paired fins hundreds of millions of years ago.
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