Ontogeny of the Appendicular Skeleton in Melanosuchus niger (Crocodylia: Alligatoridae).

  title={Ontogeny of the Appendicular Skeleton in Melanosuchus niger (Crocodylia: Alligatoridae).},
  author={Luc{\'e}lia Gonçalves Vieira and Andr{\'e} Luiz Quaqliatto Santos and Fabiano Lima and S{\^o}nia Helena Santesso Teixeira de Mendonça and Lorena Tann{\'u}s Menezes and Ant{\^o}nio Sebben},
  journal={Zoological science},
  volume={33 4},
The objective of the present study was to analyze chondrogenesis and the ossification pattern of the limbs of Melanosuchus niger in order to contribute with possible discussions on homology and the fusion pattern of autopodial elements and phylogeny. In the Reserva Extrativista do Lago Cuniã, Rondônia, Brazil, six nests were marked and two eggs removed from each nest at 24-hour intervals until hatching. Embryos were cleared using KOH; bone tissue was stained with alizarin red S and cartilage… CONTINUE READING