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Palaeophis casei, New Species, a Tiny Palaeophid Snake from the Early Eocene of Mississippi

J. Alan Holman
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Vol. 2, No. 2 (Sep., 1982), pp. 163-166
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4522892
Page Count: 4
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Palaeophis casei, New Species, a Tiny Palaeophid Snake from the Early Eocene of Mississippi
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Abstract

Fourteen vertebrae from an estuarine site in the Bashi Marl early Eocene of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, represent Palaeophis casei n. sp. (Serpentes: Palaeophidae). The snake resembles Palaeophis virginianus and differs from other American species in having but a single vertebral hypapophysis; however, it differs from the giant P. virginianus in being quite small, as well as in several other morphological characters.

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