Posted on May 24, 2008 by afarensis, FCD
Between 1996 and 2006 an estimated 99,000 Burmese pythons were imported into the US, of these an estimated 30,000 now live in the Everglades. Worse yet, they, along with released Boas, are now breeding.
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Posted on April 10, 2008 by afarensis, FCD
The BBC has an interesting story about the use intense x-rays at the ESRF in France to image the hidden second leg of a fossil Eupodophis descouensi:
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Posted on January 3, 2008 by afarensis, FCD
As a matter of fact I’m beginning to think that they are downright stupid. First, there was the python that ate the alligator, then one ate an electric blanket, a third tried eating a pregnant sheep. Now this…
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Posted on April 8, 2005 by afarensis, FCD
Pythons are rather cool, in that the hallmarks of their evolution (limb loss) can be seen. In that respect they are (like whales) good examples of the evolutionary process.
During the course of their evolutionary history, which spans some 30-60 million years, snakes lost their limbs and pelvis. Except some species in the Boidae family (of which, pythons are a subfamily) still retain vestigial pelvis and limbs.
Like other animals pythons are not immune from covergent evolution!
Finally, some intersting links:
Vestigial Limbs ,
General info, Vestigial limbs, Vestigial limbs,
Phylogeny and evolution,
Mechanisms of limb loss,
Bibliography (asian boiids),
EMBL Reptile Database,
More molecular phylogeny,
Cold Blooded News,
and finally Some paleontology
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