Identification and comparison of modern and fossil crocodilian eggs and eggshell structures

@article{Marzola2015IdentificationAC,
  title={Identification and comparison of modern and fossil crocodilian eggs and eggshell structures},
  author={Marco Marzola and Jo{\~a}o Russo and Oct{\'a}vio Mateus},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={27},
  pages={115 - 133}
}
Eggshells from the three extant crocodilian species Crocodylus mindorensis (Philippine Crocodile), Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Cuvier's Smooth-fronted Caiman or Musky Caiman) and Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator or Common Alligator) were prepared for thin section and scanning electron microscope analyses and are described in order to improve the knowledge on crocodilian eggs anatomy and microstructure, and to find new apomorphies that can be used for identification. Both extant and… Expand
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