Michael Caldwell, one of the study’s co-authors, added that researchers have not been able to gather any significant information about the early evolution of snakes, due to a lack of fossils.
“This research revolutionizes our understanding of the jugal bone in snake and non-snake lizards,” Caldwell, a professor at the University of Alberta, added. “After 160 years of getting it wrong, this paper corrects this very important feature based not on guesswork, but on empirical evidence.”
The researchers performed CT scans to visualize the skull structures inside the specimen, looking at pathways for nerves and blood vessels, as well as the entire skeletal structure.
“This research is critical to understanding the evolution of the skulls of modern and ancient snakes,” added Caldwell.
The study has been published in the scientific journal, Scientific Advances.
The best offers on the market today:Manuka Honey Ebook Membership
Learn Jamaican Audio Lessons
Arrowchat - Chat Software Similar To Facebook Chat
Culturismo Sin Tonterías With Vince Delmonte