An exceptionally preserved Jurassic skink suggests lizard diversification preceded fragmentation of Pangaea

@article{Taanda2018AnEP,
  title={An exceptionally preserved Jurassic skink suggests lizard diversification preceded fragmentation of Pangaea},
  author={Mateusz Tałanda},
  journal={Palaeontology},
  year={2018},
  volume={61}
}
The present distribution of lizards is usually explained as a result of relatively recent global events, i.e. faunal turnovers or exchanges within and between particular continents mostly connected with glaciations and land‐bridges. However, today's disjunct distribution of the North American Xantusiidae and African Cordyliformes (close relatives of skinks) does not fit generally accepted biogeographical patterns. A new, exquisitely preserved specimen of the Late Jurassic lizard Ardeosaurus… 

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