Is increased maternal basking an adaptation or a pre-adaptation to viviparity in lizards?

@article{Shine2006IsIM,
  title={Is increased maternal basking an adaptation or a pre-adaptation to viviparity in lizards?},
  author={Richard Shine},
  journal={Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Comparative experimental biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={305 6},
  pages={524-35}
}
  • Richard Shine
  • Published 2006 in
    Journal of experimental zoology. Part A…
Pregnant females modify their thermoregulatory behaviour in many species of viviparous (live-bearing) reptiles, typically maintaining higher and more stable body temperatures at this time. Such modifications often have been interpreted as adaptations to viviparity, functioning to accelerate embryonic development and/or modify phenotypic traits of hatchlings. An alternative possibility is that similar maternal thermophily may be widespread also in oviparous species and if so, would be a pre… CONTINUE READING

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