Tracing the Origins of Iguanid Lizards and Boine Snakes of the Pacific

@article{Noonan2009TracingTO,
  title={Tracing the Origins of Iguanid Lizards and Boine Snakes of the Pacific},
  author={Brice P. Noonan and Jack W. Sites Jr.},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2009},
  volume={175},
  pages={61 - 72}
}
In 1947, when Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon‐Tiki hit ground in the Tuamotu archipelago, 102 days and ∼4,000 km from its point of origin in South America, he inadvertently provided support for one of the most remarkable hypotheses of vertebrate dispersal. Iguanid lizards and boine snakes are ancient Gondwanan lineages whose distribution has been demonstrated to have been influenced by continental drift. Their enigmatic presence on the islands of the Pacific, however, has drawn fantastical conclusions of… 
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