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Miyashita, T., Coates, M. I., Farrar, R., Larson, P., Manning, P. L., Wogelius, R. A., … Currie, P. J. (2019). Hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological–molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences116(6), 2146–2151. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1814794116 [PDF]

Coates, M. I., & Tietjen, K. (2018). ‘This strange little palaeoniscid’’: A new early actinopterygian genus, and commentary on pectoral fin conditions and function.’ Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1–17. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755691018000403

Friedman, M., Pierce, S. E., Coates, M., & Giles, S. 2018. Feeding structures in the ray-finned fish Eurynotus crenatus (Actinopterygii: Eurynotiformes): Implications for trophic diversification among Carboniferous actinopterygians. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1–15. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755691018000816

Coates, M. I., Finarelli, J. A., Sansom, I. J., Andreev, P. S., Criswell, K. E., Tietjen, K., … La Riviere, P. J. (2018). An early chondrichthyan and the evolutionary assembly of a shark body plan. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences285(1870), 20172418. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2418 [PDF]

Coates, M. I., & Tietjen, K. (2018). The neurocranium of the Lower Carboniferous shark Tristychius arcuatus (Agassiz, 1837). Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh108(1), 19–35. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755691018000130

Otoo, B. K. A., Clack, J. A., Smithson, T. R., Bennett, C. E., Kearsey, T. I., & Coates, M. I. (2018). A fish and tetrapod fauna from Romer’s Gap preserved in Scottish Tournaisian floodplain deposits. Palaeontology. Published online ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12395 [PDF]

Andreev, P. S., Coates, M. I., Karatajūtė-Talimaa, V., Shelton, R. M., Cooper, P. R., & Sansom, I. J. (2017). Elegestolepis and its kin, the earliest monodontode chondrichthyans. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology37(1), e1245664. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2017.1245664

Coates, M. (2017). Amphibian evolution – The life of early land vertebrates. Rainer R.Schoch, Topics in Paleobiology, Series Editor Michael J.Benton, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, UK ISBN 978-0-470-67177-1. ActaZoologica98(3), 326–327. https://doi.org/10.1111/azo.12166

Coates, M. (2017). Palaeontology: Plenty of fish in the tree. Nature549(7671), 167–169. https://doi.org/10.1038/549167a

Coates, M. I., Gess, R. W., Finarelli, J. A., Criswell, K. E., & Tietjen, K. (2017). A symmoriiform chondrichthyan braincase and the origin of chimaeroid fishes. Nature541(7636), 208–211. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature20806 [PDF]

Criswell, K. E., Coates, M. I., & Gillis, J. A. (2017). Embryonic development of the axial column in the little skate, Leucoraja erinaceaJournal of Morphology278(3), 300–320. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20637 [PDF]

Criswell, K. E., Coates, M. I., & Gillis, J. A. (2017). Embryonic origin of the gnathostome vertebral skeleton. Proceedings of the Royal Society B284(1867), 20172121. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2121

Andreev, P., Coates, M. I., Karatajūtė-Talimaa, V., Shelton, R. M., Cooper, P. R., Wang, N.-Z., & Sansom, I. J. (2016). The systematics of the Mongolepidida (Chondrichthyes) and the Ordovician origins of the clade. PeerJ4, e1850. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1850

Miyashita, T., & Coates, M. I. (2016). The embryology of hagfishes and the evolution and development of vertebrates. In S. L. Edwards & G. G. Goss (Eds.), Hagfish Biology (pp. 95–127). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Andreev, P. S., Coates, M. I., Shelton, R. M., Cooper, P. R., Smith, M. P., & Sansom, I. J. (2015). Upper Ordovician chondrichthyan-like scales from North America. Palaeontology58(4), 691–704. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12167

Gess, R. W., & Coates, M. I. (2015). Fossil juvenile coelacanths from the Devonian of South Africa shed light on the order of character acquisition in actinistians. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society175(2), 360–383. https://doi.org/10.1111/zoj.12276

Gess, R. W., & Coates, M. I. (2015). High-latitude chondrichthyans from the Late Devonian (Famennian) Witpoort Formation of South Africa. Paläontologische Zeitschrift89(2), 147–169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12542-014-0221-9

Giles, S., Coates, M. I., Garwood, R. J., Brazeau, M. D., Atwood, R., Johanson, Z., & Friedman, M. (2015). Endoskeletal structure in Cheirolepis (Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii), An early ray-finned fish. Palaeontology,58(5), 849–870. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12182

Long, J. A., Burrow, C. J., Ginter, M., Maisey, J. G., Trinajstic, K. M., Coates, M. I., … Senden, T. J. (2015). First shark from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia sheds new light on the development of tessellated calcified cartilage. PLoS ONE10(5), e0126066. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0126066

Xu, G.-H., Gao, K.-Q., & Coates, M. I. (2015). Taxonomic revision of Plesiofuro mingshuica from the Lower Triassic of northern Gansu, China, and the relationships of early neopterygian clades. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology35(6), e1001515. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2014.1001515

Finarelli, J. A., & Coates, M. I. (2014). Chondrenchelys problematica (Traquair, 1888) redescribed: A Lower Carboniferous, eel-like holocephalan from Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh105(1), 35–59. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755691014000139

Sallan, L. C., & Coates, M. I. (2014). The long-rostrumed elasmobranch Bandringa Zangerl, 1969, and taphonomy within a Carboniferous shark nursery. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology34(1), 22–33. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2013.782875

Stewart, T. J., Smith, W. L., & Coates, M. I. (2014). The origins of adipose fins: An analysis of homoplasy and the serial homology of vertebrate appendages. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences281(1781), 20133120. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.3120

Xu, G.-H., Zhao, L.-J., & Coates, M. I. (2014). The oldest ionoscopiform from China sheds new light on the early evolution of halecomorph fishes. Biology Letters10(5), 20140204. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0204

Sallan, L. C., & Coates, M. I. (2013). Styracopterid (Actinopterygii) ontogeny and the multiple origins of post-Hangenberg deep-bodied fishes. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society169(1), 156–199. https://doi.org/10.1111/zoj.12054

Coates, M. (2012). Fish rising. Trends in Ecology & Evolution27(1), 10–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2011.09.015

Davis, S. P., Finarelli, J. A., & Coates, M. I. (2012). Acanthodes and shark-like conditions in the last common ancestor of modern gnathostomes. Nature486(7402), 247–250. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature11080

Finarelli, J. A., & Coates, M. I. (2012). First tooth-set outside the jaws in a vertebrate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences279(1729), 775–779. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2011.1107

Sansom, I. J., Davies, N. S., Coates, M. I., Nicoll, R. S., & Ritchie, A. (2012). Chondrichthyan-like scales from the Middle Ordovician of Australia. Palaeontology55(2), 243–247. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01127.x

King, H. M., Shubin, N. H., Coates, M. I., & Hale, M. E. (2011). Behavioral evidence for the evolution of walking and bounding before terrestriality in sarcopterygian fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences108(52), 21146–21151. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1118669109

Sallan, L. C., & Coates, M. I. (2010). End-Devonian extinction and a bottleneck in the early evolution of modern jawed vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences107(22), 10131–10135. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0914000107 [PDF]

Coates, M. I. (2009). Palaeontology: Beyond the Age of Fishes. Nature458(7237), 413–414. https://doi.org/10.1038/458413a

Coates, M. (2008). In Retrospect: Diagnosing deep similarity in nature. Nature451, 631. https://doi.org/10.1038/451631a

Coates, M. I., & Ruta, M. (2008). Skeletal changes in the transition from fins to limbs. In B. K. Hall (Ed.), Fins into Limbs: Evolution, Development, and Transformation (pp. 15–38). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Coates, M. I., Ruta, M., & Friedman, M. (2008). Ever since Owen: Changing perspectives on the early evolution of tetrapods. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics39(1), 571–592. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.38.091206.095546

Coates, M. I. (2007). Origin of tetrapods. In Palaeobiology II (pp. 74–79). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470999295.ch15

Coates, M. I., & Gess, R. W. (2007). A new reconstruction of Onychoselache Traquairi, Comments on early chondrichthyan pectoral girdles and hybodontiform phylogeny. Palaeontology50(6), 1421–1446. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00719.x

Coates, M. I., Ruta, M., & Wagner, P. J. (2007). Using patterns of fin and limb phylogeny to test developmental-evolutionary scenarios. In G. R. Bock & J. A. Goode (Eds.), Tinkering: The Microevolution of Development(pp. 245–261). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Friedman, M., Coates, M. I., & Anderson, P. (2007). First discovery of a primitive coelacanth fin fills a major gap in the evolution of lobed fins and limbs. Evolution & Development9(4), 329–337. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-142X.2007.00169.x

Hurley, I. A., Mueller, R. L., Dunn, K. A., Schmidt, E. J., Friedman, M., Ho, R. K., … Coates, M. I. (2007). A new time-scale for ray-finned fish evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences274(1609), 489–498. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.3749

Ruta, M., & Coates, M. I. (2007). Dates, nodes and character conflict: Addressing the Lissamphibian origin problem. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology5(1), 69–122. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1477201906002008

Friedman, M., & Coates, M. I. (2006). A newly recognized fossil coelacanth highlights the early morphological diversification of the clade. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences273(1583), 245–250. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2005.3316

Gess, R. W., Coates, M. I., & Rubidge, B. S. (2006). A lamprey from the Devonian period of South Africa. Nature443(7114), 981–984. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature05150

Ruta, M., Wagner, P. J., & Coates, Michael I. (2006). Evolutionary patterns in early tetrapods. I. Rapid initial diversification followed by decrease in rates of character change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences273(1598), 2107–2111. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.3577

Wagner, P. J., Ruta, M., & Coates, M. I. (2006). Evolutionary patterns in early tetrapods. II. Differing constraints on available character space among clades. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences273(1598), 2113–2118. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2006.3561

Friedman, M., & Coates, M. I. (2005). The last word on a lost world? Trends in Ecology & Evolution20(8), 425–426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2005.03.013

Jeffery, J. E., Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P., Coates, M. I., & Richardson, M. K. (2005). A new technique for identifying sequence heterochrony. Systematic Biology54(2), 230–240. https://doi.org/10.1080/10635150590923227

Coates, M. I., Shubin, N. H., & Daeschler, E. B. (2004). Response to comment on “the early evolution of the tetrapod humerus.” Science305(5691), 1715–1715. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1100560

Shubin, N. H., Daeschler, E. B., & Coates, M. I. (2004). The early evolution of the tetrapod humerus. Science304(5667), 90–93.

Coates, M. I. (2003). The evolution of paired fins. Theory in Biosciences122(2–3), 266–287. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12064-003-0057-4

Ruta, M., & Coates, M. I. (2003). Bones, molecules, and crown-tetrapod origins. In P. C. J. Donoghue & M. P. Smith (Eds.), Telling the Evolutionary Time (pp. 224–262). Boca Raton: CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/b12432-17

Ruta, M., Coates, M. I., & Quicke, D. L. J. (2003). Early tetrapod relationships revisited. Biological Reviews78(2), 251–345. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1464793102006103

Ruta, M., Jeffery, J. E., & Coates, M. I. (2003). A supertree of early tetrapods. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences270(1532), 2507–2516. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2003.2524

Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P., Jeffery, J. E., Coates, M. I., & Richardson, M. K. (2002). From Haeckel to event-pairing: The evolution of developmental sequences. Theory in Biosciences121(3), 297–320. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12064-002-0016-5

Coates, M. I., Jeffery, J. E., & Ruta, M. (2002). Fins to limbs: What the fossils say. Evolution & Development4(5), 390–401. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142X.2002.02026.x

Coates, M. I., & Raff, R. A. (2002). Obituary: Farewell to Steve Gould. Evolution & Development4(6), 403–404. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142X.2002.02028.x

Cohn, M. J., Lovejoy, C. O., Wolpert, L., & Coates, M. I. (2002). Branching, segmentation and the metapterygial axis: Pattern versus process in the vertebrate limb. BioEssays24(5), 460–465. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.10088

Jeffery, J. E., Bininda‐Emonds, O. R. P., Coates, M. I., & Richardson, M. K. (2002). Analyzing evolutionary patterns in amniote embryonic development. Evolution & Development4(4), 292–302. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142X.2002.02018.x

Jeffery, J. E., Richardson, M. K., Coates, M. I., & Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P. (2002). Analyzing developmental sequences within a phylogenetic framework. Systematic Biology51(3), 478–491. https://doi.org/10.1080/10635150290069904

Coates, M. I., & Sequeira, S. E. K. (2001). A new stethacanthid chondrichthyan from the Lower Carboniferous of Bearsden, Scotland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology21(3), 438–459. https://doi.org/10.1671/0272-4634(2001)021[0438:ANSCFT]2.0.CO;2

Coates, M. I., & Sequeira, S. E. K. (2001). Early sharks and primitive gnathostome interrelationships. In P. E. Ahlberg (Ed.), Major Events in Early Vertebrate Evolution (pp. 241–262). London: Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1201/b12434-18

Richardson, M. K., Jeffery, J. E., Coates, M. I., & Bininda-Emonds, O. R. P. (2001). Comparative methods in developmental biology. Zoology104(3), 278–283. https://doi.org/10.1078/0944-2006-00033

Ruta, M., Milner, A. R., & Coates, M. I. (2001). The tetrapod Caerorhachis bairdi Holmes and Carroll from the Lower Carboniferous of Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh92(3), 229–261. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263593300000249

Smith, M. M., & Coates, M. I. (2001). The evolution of vertebrate dentitions: Phylogenetic pattern and developmental models. In P. E. Ahlberg (Ed.), Major Events in Early Vertebrate Evolution: Palaeontology, Phylogeny and Development (pp. 223–240). London: Taylor & Francis.

Basden, A. M., Young, G. C., Coates, M. I., & Ritchie, A. (2000). The most primitive osteichthyan braincase? Nature403(6766), 185–188. https://doi.org/10.1038/35003183

Coates, M. I., Ruta, M., & Milner, A. R. (2000). Early tetrapod evolution. Trends in Ecology & Evolution15(8), 327–328. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5347(00)01927-3

Coates, M., & Ruta, M. (2000). Nice snake, shame about the legs. Trends in Ecology & Evolution15(12), 503–507. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5347(00)01999-6

Sequeira, S. E. K., & Coates, M. I. (2000). Reassessment of ‘Cladodus’ neilsoni Traquair: A primitive shark from the Lower Carboniferous of East Kilbridge, Scotland. Palaeontology43(1), 153–172. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-4983.00122

Smith, M. M., & Coates, M. I. (2000). Evolutionary origins of teeth and jaws: Developmental models and phylogenetic patterns. In M. F. Teaford, M. M. Smith, & M. W. J. Ferguson (Eds.), Development, Function and Evolution of Teeth (pp. 133–151). New York: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511542626.010

Coates, M. I. (1999). Birds, trees, and stems. Evolution & Development1(3), 137–137. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142x.1999.99003.x

Coates, M. I. (1999). Endocranial preservation of a Carboniferous actinopterygian from Lancashire, UK, and the interrelationships of primitive actinopterygians. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.Series B: Biological Sciences354(1382), 435–462. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.1999.0396

Coates, M. I., & Cohn, M. J. (1999). Vertebrate axial and appendicular patterning: The early development of paired appendages. American Zoologist39(3), 676–685. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/39.3.676

Raff, R. A., Arthur, W., Carroll, S. B., Coates, M. I., & Wray, G. (1999). Chronicling the birth of a discipline. Evolution & Development1(1), 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142x.1999.00110.x

Richardson, M. K., Minelli, A., & Coates, M. I. (1999). Some problems with typological thinking in evolution and development. Evolution & Development1(1), 5–7. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-142x.1999.00112.x

Coates, M. I. (1998). Actinopterygians from the Namurian of Bearsden, Scotland, with comments on early actinopterygian neurocrania. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society122(1–2), 27–59. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1998.tb02524.x

Coates, M. I., & Cohn, M. J. (1998). Fins, limbs, and tails: Outgrowths and axial patterning in vertebrate evolution. BioEssays20(5), 371–381. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1521-1878(199805)20:5<371::AID-BIES4>3.0.CO;2-R

Coates, M. I., & Sequeira, S. E. K. (1998). The braincase of a primitive shark. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh89(2), 63–85. https://doi.org/10.1017/S026359330000701X

Coates, M. I., Sequeira, S. E. K., Sansom, I. J., & Smith, M. M. (1998). Spines and tissues of ancient sharks. Nature396(6713), 729–730. https://doi.org/10.1038/25467

Richardson, M. K., Minelli, A., Coates, M., & Hanken, J. (1998). Phylotypic stage theory. Trends in Ecology & Evolution13(4), 158. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-5347(98)01340-8

Smith, M. M., & Coates, M. I. (1998). Evolutionary origins of the vertebrate dentition: Phylogenetic patterns and developmental evolution. European Journal of Oral Sciences106(S1), 482–500. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0722.1998.tb02212.x

Ahlberg, P. E., & Coates, M. I. (1997). There’s a ratfish in our cellar! Geology Today13(1), 20–23. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2451.1997.00013.x

Coates, M. I. (1996). The Devonian tetrapod Acanthostega gunnari Jarvik: Postcranial anatomy, basal tetrapod interrelationships and patterns of skeletal evolution. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh87(3), 363–421. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263593300006787 [PDF]

Clack, J. A., & Coates, M. I. (1995). Romer’s gap: Tetrapod origins and terrestriality. Bulletin du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, 4ème série – section C – Sciences de la Terre, Paléontologie, Géologie, Minéralogie17(1–4), 373–388.

Coates, M. I. (1995). Limb evolution: Fish fins or tetrapod limbs — a simple twist of fate? Current Biology5(8), 844–848. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0960-9822(95)00169-2

Coates, M. I., & Clack, J. A. (1995). Acanthostega gunnari, a primitive, aquatic tetrapod. Bulletin du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, 4ème série – section C – Sciences de la Terre, Paléontologie, Géologie, Minéralogie17(1–4), 357–372.

Lebedev, O. A., & Coates, M. I. (1995). The postcranial skeleton of the Devonian tetrapod Tulerpeton curtum Lebedev. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society114(3), 307–348. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1995.tb00119.x

Coates, M. I. (1994). The origin of vertebrate limbs. Development1994(Supplement), 169–180.

Clarkson, E. N. K., Milner, A. R., & Coates, M. I. (1993). Palaeoecology of the Viséan of East Kirkton, West Lothian, Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh84(3–4), 417–425. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263593300006210

Coates, M. (1993). Hox genes, fin folds and symmetry. Nature364(6434), 195. https://doi.org/10.1038/364195b0

Coates, M. I. (1993). Actinopterygian and acanthodian fishes from the Viséan of East Kirkton, West Lothian, Scotland. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh84(3–4), 317–327. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263593300006131 [PDF]

Coates, M. I. (1993). Ancestors and homology. Acta Biotheoretica41(4), 411–424. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00709374

Coates, M. I. (1993). New actinopterygian fish from the Namurian Manse Burn Formation of Bearsden, Scotland. Palaeontology36(1), 123–146.

Coates, M. (1991). New palaeontological contributions to limb ontogeny and phylogeny. In J. R. Hinchliffe, J. M. Hurle, & D. Summerbell (Eds.), Developmental Patterning of the Vertebrate Limb (pp. 325–337). Boston, MA: Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-3310-8_43

Coates, M. I., & Clack, J. A. (1991). Fish-like gills and breathing in the earliest known tetrapod. Nature352(6332), 234. https://doi.org/10.1038/352234a0

Coates, M. I., Clack, J. A., & Joysey, K. A. (1991). Elizabethan snobbery? Nature349(6305), 98. https://doi.org/10.1038/349098b0

Coates, M. I., & Clack, J. A. (1990). Polydactyly in the earliest known tetrapod limbs. Nature347(6288), 66. https://doi.org/10.1038/347066a0

Joysey, K. A., Clack, J. A., Coates, M. I., Disney, R. H. L., Foster, W. A., Friday, A. E., … Preece, R. C. (1990). Museum’s plans beyond belief. Nature345(6276), 568. https://doi.org/10.1038/345568b0

Dick, J. R. F., Coates, M. I., & Rolfe, W. D. I. (1986). Fossil sharks. Geology Today2(3), 82–85. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2451.1986.tb01031.x

Milner, A. R., Smithson, T. R., Milner, A. C., Coates, M. I., & Rolfe, W. D. I. (1986). The search for early tetrapods. Modern Geology10(1), 1–28.

 

Otoo, B. K., Clack, J. A., Smithson, T. R., Bennett, C. E., Kearsey, T. I., & Coates, M. I. (2018). A fish and tetrapod fauna from Romer’s Gap preserved in Scottish Tournaisian floodplain deposits. Palaeontology. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12395 [PDF]

Coates, Michael I. (1996) The Devonian tetrapod Acanthostega gunnari Jarvik: postcranial anatomy, basal tetrapod interrelationships and patterns of skeletal evolution. Transactions of the Royal Society Edinburgh Earth and Environmental Sciences 87 (3), 363-421. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263593300006787 [PDF]

Clack, Jennifer A., Carys E. Bennett, David K. Carpenter, Sarah J. Davies, Nicholas C. Fraser, Timony I. Kearsey, John E. A. Marshall, David Millward, Benjamin K. A. Otoo, Emma J. Reeves, Andrew J. Ross, Marcello Ruta, Keturah Z. Smithson, Timothy R. Smithson, and Stig A. Walsh. 2016. Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1:1–11. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0002 [PDF

Miyashita, T., Coates, M. I., Farrar, R., Larson, P., Manning, P. L., Wogelius, R. A., … & Currie, P. J. (2019). Hagfish from the Cretaceous Tethys Sea and a reconciliation of the morphological–molecular conflict in early vertebrate phylogeny. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201814794. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1814794116 [PDF]

Sallan, L. C., & Coates, M. I. (2010). End-Devonian extinction and a bottleneck in the early evolution of modern jawed vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences107(22), 10131-10135. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0914000107 [PDF]

Coates, M. I., Finarelli, J. A., Sansom, I. J., Andreev, P. S., Criswell, K. E., Tietjen, K., … & La Riviere, P. J. (2018). An early chondrichthyan and the evolutionary assembly of a shark body plan. Proc. R. Soc. B285(1870), 20172418. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2418 [PDF]

Coates, M. I., Gess, R. W., Finarelli, J. A., Criswell, K. E., & Tietjen, K. (2017). A symmoriiform chondrichthyan braincase and the origin of chimaeroid fishes. Nature541(7636), 208. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature20806 [PDF]

Criswell, K. E., Coates, M. I., & Gillis, J. A. (2017). Embryonic development of the axial column in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea. Journal of morphology278(3), 300-320. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20637 [PDF]

Criswell, K. E., Coates, M. I., & Gillis, J. A. (2017). Embryonic development of the axial column in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea. Journal of morphology278(3), 300-320. https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20637 [PDF]

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