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Title: Additional snakes from the uppermost Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of India
Authors: Rage J.-C.
Prasad G.V.R.
Bajpai S.
Published in: Cretaceous Research
Abstract: The Maastrichtian fauna from India includes snakes that are still poorly known, but potentially of great interest. Two new Indian localities of Maastrichtian age have yielded snake fossils and another Maastrichtian locality from which snake fossils were previously reported has yielded additional specimens. Apart from the previously reported Indophis (?Nigerophiidae), snakes from these localities include taxa that are new for India (an indeterminate madtsoiid and the aniliid s.l. Coniophis ) and some enigmatic forms, the latter represented by a compound bone and a vertebra. The madtsoiid and, perhaps, Indophis are of Gondwanan affinities, whereas the palaeogeographical origins of the other taxa are unknown. The indeterminate forms appear to be very peculiar. Thus far, snakes from the Mesozoic of India are known only from the Maastrichtian. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Citation: Cretaceous Research (2004), 25(3): 425-434
Issue Date: 2004
Keywords: Cretaceous
ISSN: 1956671
Author Scopus IDs: 7004576678
Author Affiliations: Rage, J.-C., Departement Histoire de la Terre, UMR 5143, 8 Rue Buffon, Paris 75005, France
Prasad, G.V.R., PG Department of Geology, University of Jammu, Jammu-180 006, India
Bajpai, S., Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 247 667, India
Funding Details: This work was supported by research grants to GVRP from the University Grants Commission (New Delhi) in the form of a Research Award and from the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (MNHN), Paris, in the form of Ma??tre de conférences invité. James D. Gardner (Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller) and Pat Holroyd (University of California, Berkeley) provided constructive comments and improved the English. Thanks are due to David J. Batten (University of Wales) for editorial work.
Corresponding Author: Rage, J.-C.; Departement Histoire de la Terre, UMR 5143, 8 Rue Buffon, Paris 75005, France; email:
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