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Re: looking for a primitive varanid
Yeah, last I remember hearing, varanids were
considered sister groups to mosasaurs, but that's it.
Of course this then leads into the whole "where do
snakes go" thing. Ah, ain't systematics fun? >:)
--- Danvarner@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 1/20/2005 5:20:44 PM Eastern
> Standard Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> << Mosasaurs and their predecessors would seem to
> be derived from
> Varanus-types, because they have legs, but Varanus
> apparently has fewer and looser bone
> connections in the skull. >>
> I'm way behind in this stuff, but I believe
> varanids are out of the picture
> as far as mosasaurs are concerned. Hopefully
> someone has something more
> recent, but these two refs are at least a start.
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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