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An enigmatic aquatic snake from the Cenomanian of Northern South America

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We report the first record of a snake from the Cretaceous of northern South America. The remains come from the La Luna Formation (La Aguada Member, Cenomanian of Venezuela) and consist of several vertebrae, which belong to the precloacal region of the vertebral column. Comparisons to extant and extinct snakes show that the remains represent a new taxon, Lunaophis aquaticus gen. et sp nov. An aquatic mode of life is supported by the ventral position of the ribs, indicating a laterally compress...

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Peer reviewed
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10.7717/peerj.2027

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Carrillo-Briceño, JD More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, Academic Services, Natural History Museum
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112-200901-00176
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PeerJ Publisher's website
Journal:
PeerJ
Volume:
4
Pages:
e2027
Publication date:
2016-05-24
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2167-8359
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uuid:c8132980-49f4-4f96-8cdd-eba19a7142cf
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625835
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pubs:625835

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