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The Burmese python genome reveals the molecular basis for extreme adaptation in snakes
Significance The molecular basis of morphological and physiological adaptations in snakes is largely unknown. Here, we study these phenotypes using the genome of the Burmese python (Python molurusExpand
The oldest North American pachycephalosaurid and the hidden diversity of small-bodied ornithischian dinosaurs.
Taphonomic biases dictate how organisms are represented in the fossil record, but their effect on studies of vertebrate diversity dynamics is poorly studied. In contrast to the high diversity andExpand
Evolutionary transformation of rod photoreceptors in the all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake
Significance This study provides compelling evidence that the previously reported all-cone retina of a diurnal garter snake in fact contains a population of rod photoreceptors with the appearance,Expand
Cranial Ontogeny in Stegoceras validum (Dinosauria: Pachycephalosauria): A Quantitative Model of Pachycephalosaur Dome Growth and Variation
Historically, studies of pachycephalosaurs have recognized plesiomorphically flat-headed taxa and apomorphically domed taxa. More recently, it has been suggested that the expression of theExpand
Molecular Adaptations for Sensing and Securing Prey and Insight into Amniote Genome Diversity from the Garter Snake Genome
Abstract Colubridae represents the most phenotypically diverse and speciose family of snakes, yet no well-assembled and annotated genome exists for this lineage. Here, we report and analyze theExpand
The molecular origin and evolution of dim‐light vision in mammals
The nocturnal origin of mammals is a longstanding hypothesis that is considered instrumental for the evolution of endothermy, a potential key innovation in this successful clade. This hypothesis isExpand
The Anatomy and Systematics of Colepiocephale lambei (Dinosauria: Pachycephalosauridae)
ABSTRACT Colepiocephale lambei from the Foremost Formation of Alberta is a problematic pachycephalosaurid that has recently been hypothesized as (1) synonymous with Stegoceras validum, (2) a distinctExpand
The tuatara genome reveals ancient features of amniote evolution
The tuatara ( Sphenodon punctatus )—the only living member of the reptilian order Rhynchocephalia (Sphenodontia), once widespread across Gondwana 1 , 2 —is an iconic species that is endemic to NewExpand
Shifts in Selective Pressures on Snake Phototransduction Genes Associated with Photoreceptor Transmutation and Dim‐Light Ancestry
Abstract The visual systems of snakes are heavily modified relative to other squamates, a condition often thought to reflect their fossorial origins. Further modifications are seen in caenophidianExpand
Cone-like rhodopsin expressed in the all cone retina of the colubrid pine snake as a potential adaptation to diurnality
Colubridae is the largest and most diverse family of snakes, with visual systems that reflect this diversity, encompassing a variety of retinal photoreceptor organizations. The transmutation theoryExpand