A review of the evolution of viviparity in lizards: structure, function and physiology of the placenta

@article{Thompson2005ARO,
  title={A review of the evolution of viviparity in lizards: structure, function and physiology of the placenta},
  author={Michael B. Thompson and Brian K. Speake},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2005},
  volume={176},
  pages={179-189}
}
The aim of this review is to collate data relevant to understanding the evolution of viviparity in general, and complex placentae in particular. The wide range of reproductive modes exhibited by lizards provides a solid model system for investigating the evolution of viviparity. Within the lizards are oviparous species, viviparous species that have a very simple placenta and little nutrient uptake from the mother during pregnancy (lecithotrophic viviparity), through a range of species that have… CONTINUE READING
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