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Spondyloarthropathy in vertebrae of the aquatic Cretaceous snake Lunaophis aquaticus, and its first recognition in modern snakes

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Inflammatory arthritis is documented for the first time in snakes. Ossification of the intervertebral capsule and zygapophyseal joints resulting in segmental vertebral fusion was observed in the aquatic Cretaceous snake Lunaophis aquaticus. Such pathologic alterations are pathognomonic for the spondyloarthropathy form of inflammatory arthritis. A survey of 2144 snakes in recent collections, performed to identify Holocene prevalence, revealed only two occurrences in extant snakes. The findings...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1007/s00114-018-1576-7

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0000-0003-4481-3735
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Gardens, Libraries and Museums
Department:
Natural History Museum
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-8215-5748
Publisher:
Springer Publisher's website
Journal:
Naturwissenschaften Journal website
Volume:
105
Issue:
9
Pages:
Article: 51
Publication date:
2018-08-14
Acceptance date:
2018-08-04
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EISSN:
1432-1904
ISSN:
0028-1042
Pubs id:
pubs:926154
URN:
uri:892383d7-9b00-4a3c-9eb0-8596da76c911
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uuid:892383d7-9b00-4a3c-9eb0-8596da76c911
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pubs:926154

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