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Fish origins - fresh or salt water?
Sherwood Romer, A. (1955). Fish origins - fresh or salt water?, in: Papers in Marine Biology and Oceanography. Dedicated to Henry Bryant Bigelow, By His Former Students and Associates on the occasion of The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 1955. Deep-Sea Research (1953), 3(Supplement): pp. 261-280
In: (1955). Papers in Marine Biology and Oceanography. Dedicated to Henry Bryant Bigelow, By His Former Students and Associates on the occasion of The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 1955. Deep-Sea Research (1953), 3(Supplement). Pergamon Press: London & New York. 498 pp., more
In: Deep-Sea Research (1953). Pergamon: Oxford; New York. ISSN 0146-6291; e-ISSN 1878-2485, more
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    There are discussed various general considerations entering into palacontological study of the problem as to whether the early evolution of fishes took place in fresh or salt water. Opposite conclusions as to the typical habitat of Silurian fishes have been reached by the author and Grovl on American evidence, on the one hand, and Gross, mainly concerned with European material, on the other. An attempt is made to reconcile this difference. Part may be due to the very different histories of the two continents in Silurian times. Close examination of the stratigraphy of European fossil fish localities suggests that many deposits which are often regarded as marine are of continental or near-continental nature. It is concluded that the evidence, taken as a whole, points strongly towards fresh waters as the common Silurian fish habitat.

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