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Giant boid snake from the Palaeocene neotropics reveals hotter past equatorial temperatures
The largest extant snakes live in the tropics of South America and southeast Asia where high temperatures facilitate the evolution of large body sizes among air-breathing animals whose bodyExpand
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Predation upon Hatchling Dinosaurs by a New Snake from the Late Cretaceous of India
A new snake from Upper Cretaceous rocks in India is found with hatchling sauropod dinosaurs, demonstrating that large, gape-limited snakes were probably capable of taking in moderate-sized vertebrateExpand
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A New Species of the Snake Madtsoia from the Upper Cretaceous of India and Its Paleobiogeographic Implications
ABSTRACT We report the discovery of a new species of the snake Madtsoia from1 infratrappean horizons of Late Cretaceous age in Pisdura, central India. Recovered vertebrae are large (1.83 cm long;Expand
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Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function
Hox genes regulate regionalization of the axial skeleton in vertebrates, and changes in their expression have been proposed to be a fundamental mechanism driving the evolution of new body forms. TheExpand
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Fossil calibration dates for molecular phylogenetic analysis of snakes 2: Caenophidia, Colubroidea, Elapoidea, Colubridae
Caenophidia, the snake clade that includes the highest species richness, morphological diversity, and ecological breadth within Serpentes, has been extensively studied with respect to molecularExpand
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Fossil Crocodilians from the High Guajira Peninsula of Colombia: Neogene Faunal Change in Northernmost South America
ABSTRACT The La Guajira Peninsula, Colombia, has a continuous vertebrate fossil record that includes both the late early-early middle Miocene and the Pliocene. Crocodilians from the early to earlyExpand
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Fossil snakes from the Neogene of Venezuela (Falcón state)
Synopsis The first fossil snakes from Venezuela are described from three different Formations: Colombophis cf. C. portai and Boinae indet. from the Middle Miocene Socorro Formation, Boinae indet.Expand
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Palaeontology: Turtle origins out to sea
Various aspects of turtle evolution are the subject of vigorous debate among vertebrate palaeontologists. A newly described fossil species, the oldest yet discovered, adds grist to the mill.
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Oldest placental mammal from sub-Saharan Africa: Eocene microbat from Tanzania - Evidence for early evolution of sophisticated echolocation
A partial skeleton of a new fossil microbat, Tanzanycteris mannardi, is the oldest placental mammal found in sub-Saharan Africa. It came from early Lutetian (46 Ma) lake sediments in north-centralExpand
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A new Late Cretaceous iguanomorph from North America and the origin of New World Pleurodonta (Squamata, Iguania)
Iguanomorpha (stem + crown Iguania) is a diverse squamate clade with members that predominate many modern American lizard ecosystems. However, the temporal and palaeobiogeographic origins of itsExpand
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