First evidence of convergent lifestyle signal in reptile skull roof microanatomy

@article{Ebel2020FirstEO,
  title={First evidence of convergent lifestyle signal in reptile skull roof microanatomy},
  author={Roy Ebel and Johannes M{\"u}ller and Till Ramm and Christy A. Hipsley and Eli Amson},
  journal={BMC Biology},
  year={2020},
  volume={18}
}
Background The study of convergently acquired adaptations allows fundamental insight into life’s evolutionary history. Within lepidosaur reptiles—i.e. lizards, tuatara, and snakes—a fully fossorial (‘burrowing’) lifestyle has independently evolved in most major clades. However, despite their consistent use of the skull as a digging tool, cranial modifications common to all these lineages are yet to be found. In particular, bone microanatomy, although highly diagnostic for lifestyle, remains… 

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