Digging their own macroevolutionary grave: fossoriality as an evolutionary dead end in snakes

@article{Cyriac2018DiggingTO,
  title={Digging their own macroevolutionary grave: fossoriality as an evolutionary dead end in snakes},
  author={V. P. Cyriac and U. Kodandaramaiah},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2018},
  volume={31}
}
The tree of life is highly asymmetrical in its clade wise species richness, and this has often been attributed to variation in diversification rates either across time or lineages. Variations across lineages are usually associated with traits that increase lineage diversification. Certain traits can also hinder diversification by increasing extinction, and such traits are called evolutionary dead ends. Ecological specialization has usually been considered as an evolutionary dead end. However… Expand
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