Developmental, genetic, and genomic insights into the evolutionary loss of limbs in snakes

@article{Leal2018DevelopmentalGA,
  title={Developmental, genetic, and genomic insights into the evolutionary loss of limbs in snakes},
  author={Francisca Leal and Martin J. Cohn},
  journal={genesis},
  year={2018},
  volume={56}
}
The evolution of snakes involved dramatic modifications to the ancestral lizard body plan. Limb loss and elongation of the trunk are hallmarks of snakes, although convergent evolution of limb‐reduced and trunk‐elongated forms occurred multiple times in snake‐like lizards. Advanced snakes are completely limbless, but intermediate and basal snakes have retained rudiments of hindlimbs and pelvic girdles. Moreover, the snake fossil record indicates that complete legs were re‐acquired at least once… 

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