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Lepidosauria
Lepidosauria
The quadrate bone is particularly elongated in snakes, to facilitate cranial kinesis
The quadrate bone is particularly elongated in snakes, to facilitate cranial kinesis
The foot of a skink, showing lepidosaurs' characteristic overlapping scales
The foot of a skink, showing lepidosaurs' characteristic overlapping scales
Python (top) and rattlesnake (bottom) featuring pit organs for infrared sensing. Red arrows indicating pit organs and black arrows pointing to the nos
Python (top) and rattlesnake (bottom) featuring pit organs for infrared sensing. Red arrows indicating pit organs and black arrows pointing to the nostrils
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Reptile
Reptile
Reptiles, from Nouveau Larousse Illustré, 1897–1904, notice the inclusion of amphibians (below the crocodiles)
Reptiles, from Nouveau Larousse Illustré, 1897–1904, notice the inclusion of amphibians (below the crocodiles)
"Antediluvian monster", a Mosasaurus discovered in a Maastricht limestone quarry, 1770 (contemporary engraving)
"Antediluvian monster", a Mosasaurus discovered in a Maastricht limestone quarry, 1770 (contemporary engraving)
The first reptiles had an anapsid type of skull roof, as seen in the Permian genus Captorhinus
The first reptiles had an anapsid type of skull roof, as seen in the Permian genus Captorhinus