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RE: Origin of snakes

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Posted by: CKing at Mon Dec 7 02:16:57 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by CKing ]  
   

>>Good paper. It added another perspective, but did not help with snakes relationship to everything else. Finding out that scolecophidia may not be the most primitive is interesting. This is going to give me something to talk about with my classmates and professor, thank you.
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>>-Bradley

Quite the contrary. The eye anatomy is another nail in the coffin of the burrowing origin of snakes. Since the oldest known snakes, with legs, are of marine origin, one must look naturally at marine reptiles as the possible ancestor of snakes. The marine mosasauroid lizards, closely allied to the monitor lizards, are perfectly positioned as the prime candidates for snake ancestor.


   

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