The origin of squamates revealed by a Middle Triassic lizard from the Italian Alps

@article{Simes2018TheOO,
  title={The origin of squamates revealed by a Middle Triassic lizard from the Italian Alps},
  author={T. Sim{\~o}es and M. Caldwell and Mateusz Tałanda and M. Bernardi and Alessandro Palci and O. Vernygora and F. Bernardini and L. Mancini and R. Nydam},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2018},
  volume={557},
  pages={706-709}
}
  • T. Simões, M. Caldwell, +6 authors R. Nydam
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Modern squamates (lizards, snakes and amphisbaenians) are the world’s most diverse group of tetrapods along with birds1 and have a long evolutionary history, with the oldest known fossils dating from the Middle Jurassic period—168 million years ago2–4. The evolutionary origin of squamates is contentious because of several issues: (1) a fossil gap of approximately 70 million years exists between the oldest known fossils and their estimated origin5–7; (2) limited sampling of squamates in reptile… CONTINUE READING
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