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The first record of snakes on the Canary Islands: a vertebra from the Upper Miocene of Lanzarote

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The Upper Miocene fossil site of Orzola in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) has produced an isolated snake vertebra attributable to the Boidae. This is the first report of a snake, either fossil or living, from these islands, which provides further evidence of a greater faunal diversity in the past.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College London, Rockefeller Building, University Street, London WC1E 6JJ, Great Britain; 2: Muséum National d' Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire de Paléontologie, URA 12- CNRS, 8 rue Buffon, 75005 Paris, France; 3: Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife, Apdo. 853, 38080 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Islas Canarias, Spain


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