Publication details

Quaternary evolution of the Grass-snake (Natrix natrix): new evidence

Investor logo


Year of publication 1999
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Musei Moraviae, Scientiae geologicae
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Geology and mineralogy
Keywords Morphology; evolution; Colubridae; Natricinae; Natrix; Pleistocene
Description Evolutionary changes of the two cranial elements of the posterior brain-case are observed (basisphenod and prootic) in the living species Natrix natrix since the Lower Pleistocene till the Recent. It seems to be apparent that the 'modern' pattern on the basicranial elements (particularly on the basisphenoid) of the living Natrix natrix, which is the direct descendant of the extinct Neogene species Natrix longivertebrata, were widely evolved as early as at the Plio-Pleistocene transition.
Related projects:

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.

More info