Convergent evolution and character correlation in burrowing reptiles: towards a resolution of squamate relationships

  title={Convergent evolution and character correlation in burrowing reptiles: towards a resolution of squamate relationships},
  author={Michael S. Y. Lee},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  • Michael S. Y. Lee
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Biological Journal of The Linnean Society
The affinities of three problematic groups of elongate, burrowing reptiles (amphisbaenians, dibamids and snakes) are reassessed through a phylogenetic analysis of all the major groups of squamates, including the important fossil taxaSineoamphisbaena, mosasauroids andPachyrhachis; 230 phylogenetically informative osteological characters were evaluated in 22 taxa. Snakes (includingPachyrhachis) are anguimorphs, being related firstly to large marine mosasauroids, and secondly to monitor lizards… 


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