The functional significance of nectridean tabular horns (Amphibia: Lepospondyli)

  title={The functional significance of nectridean tabular horns (Amphibia: Lepospondyli)},
  author={A. R. I. Cruickshank and B. W. Skews},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={513 - 537}
  • A. R. I. Cruickshank, B. W. Skews
  • Published 1980
  • Geology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences
  • The order Nectridea of the subclass Lepospondyli is of Palaeozoic age. Within this order, later members of the Keraterpetontidae developed hyper-extended tabular horns, so that in plan view the skull is boomerang shaped. Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to explain this shape in functional terms. The two genera that show the greatest development of these horns, Diplocaulus Cope and Diploceraspis Romer, are analysed experimentally in a low-speed wind-tunnel. Differences between the two… CONTINUE READING
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