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EVOLUTION OF VIVIPARITY IN REPTILES: INTRODUCTION TO THE SYMPOSIUM

EVOLUTION OF VIVIPARITY IN REPTILES: INTRODUCTION TO THE SYMPOSIUM Herpetological Monographs, 20, 2006, 129­130 E 2006 by The Herpetologists' League, Inc. MICHAEL B. THOMPSON1 AND DANIEL G. BLACKBURN2 School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia 2 Department of Biology, Trinity College, Hartford CT 06106 USA The Fifth World Congress of Herpetology, held in 2005 at the University of Stellenbosch (Republic of South Africa), provided an excellent opportunity to host a symposium on the evolution of viviparity in reptiles. Several symposia on viviparity have been held during the past 15 years, and these have yielded comprehensive reviews of squamates (e.g., Blackburn, 1993, 1998, 2000; Stewart, 1993; Stewart and Thompson, 2000, 2003; Thompson et al., 2000, 2004) and many other papers. However, most of these symposia were limited in scope to particular features (placental membranes, the oviduct) or aspects (morphology, physiology). The World Congress venue represented the first broad-based symposium to focus on viviparity in squamates, a taxon of special importance to biologists interested in viviparity. This symposium was multi-disciplinary, and integrated morphology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and evolutionary theory. The evolution of viviparity holds intrinsic interest for a number of reasons. First, humans are viviparous and have natural curiosity about their own reproduction. Second, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Herpetological Monographs Allen Press

EVOLUTION OF VIVIPARITY IN REPTILES: INTRODUCTION TO THE SYMPOSIUM

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Allen Press
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The Herpetologists' League, Inc.
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EVOLUTION OF VIVIPARITY IN REPTILES
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0733-1347
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1938-5137
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10.1655/0733-1347%282007%2920%5B129:EOVIRI%5D2.0.CO%3B2
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Herpetological Monographs, 20, 2006, 129­130 E 2006 by The Herpetologists' League, Inc. MICHAEL B. THOMPSON1 AND DANIEL G. BLACKBURN2 School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia 2 Department of Biology, Trinity College, Hartford CT 06106 USA The Fifth World Congress of Herpetology, held in 2005 at the University of Stellenbosch (Republic of South Africa), provided an excellent opportunity to host a symposium on the evolution of viviparity in reptiles. Several symposia on viviparity have been held during the past 15 years, and these have yielded comprehensive reviews of squamates (e.g., Blackburn, 1993, 1998, 2000; Stewart, 1993; Stewart and Thompson, 2000, 2003; Thompson et al., 2000, 2004) and many other papers. However, most of these symposia were limited in scope to particular features (placental membranes, the oviduct) or aspects (morphology, physiology). The World Congress venue represented the first broad-based symposium to focus on viviparity in squamates, a taxon of special importance to biologists interested in viviparity. This symposium was multi-disciplinary, and integrated morphology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and evolutionary theory. The evolution of viviparity holds intrinsic interest for a number of reasons. First, humans are viviparous and have natural curiosity about their own reproduction. Second,

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Published: Dec 29, 2006

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