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Estimating rates and patterns of morphological evolution from phylogenies: lessons in limb lability from Australian Lerista lizards

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Author(s): Wiens John J

Journal: Journal of Biology
ISSN 1478-5854

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract Squamates (lizards and snakes) offer an exciting model system for research on the evolution of body form. A new phylogenetic study in BMC Evolutionary Biology of Australian lizards shows remarkable evolutionary lability in digit numbers among closely related species, but also highlights important challenges in this area.
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