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The Origin of Snakes: Insights from Morphology and the Fossil Record

By: Michael Wayne Caldwell(Author)

250 pages, 16 colour & 40 b/w illustrations

Apple Academic Press

Hardback | Feb 2018 | #223655 | ISBN-13: 9781482251340
Available for pre-order: Due Feb 2018 Details
NHBS Price: £49.99 $65/€56 approx

About this book

The Origin of Snakes presents perspectives on the past and present state of the understanding of snake origins. It reviews and critiques data and ideas from paleontology and neontology (herpetology), as well as ideas from morphological and molecular phylogenetics. The author reviews the anatomy and morphology of extant snakes. Methods are also critiqued, including those empirical and theoretical methods employed to hypothesize ancestral ecologies for snakes. The modern debate on squamate phylogeny and snake ingroup phylogeny using molecules and morphology is examined critically to provide insights on origins and evolution.

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