Rates and Patterns in the Evolution of Snake-Like Body Form in Squamate Reptiles: Evidence for Repeated Re-Evolution of Lost Digits and Long-Term Persistence of Intermediate Body Forms

@inproceedings{Brandley2008RatesAP,
  title={Rates and Patterns in the Evolution of Snake-Like Body Form in Squamate Reptiles: Evidence for Repeated Re-Evolution of Lost Digits and Long-Term Persistence of Intermediate Body Forms},
  author={M. C. Brandley and J. Huelsenbeck and J. Wiens},
  booktitle={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2008}
}
  • M. C. Brandley, J. Huelsenbeck, J. Wiens
  • Published in
    Evolution; international…
    2008
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Abstract An important challenge in evolutionary biology is to understand how major changes in body form arise. The dramatic transition from a lizard-like to snake-like body form in squamate reptiles offers an exciting system for such research because this change is replicated dozens of times. Here, we use morphometric data for 258 species and a time-calibrated phylogeny to explore rates and patterns of body-form evolution across squamates. We also demonstrate how time-calibrated phylogenies may… CONTINUE READING
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