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Historical Perspective

Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt

in Lizards

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234017
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234017.003.0014
Historical Perspective

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This chapter focuses on the evolutionary history of lizards. It first examines aspects of the fossil record and then reviews the morphological, behavioral, physiological, and ecological aspects of lizards within the context of their evolutionary history. The chapter also examines the evolution of major lizard clades and appraise diversification within each. Finally, the chapter speculates on global scenarios and suggests a working hypothesis for the evolution of diversity within lizards.

Keywords: evolutionary history; fossil record; evolution; lizard clades; diversification

Chapter.  12421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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