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Naja

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 node name
Naja     Look for this name in NCBI   Wikipedia   Animal Diversity Web
 
  recommended citations
http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/fc-9 Head et al. 2016
 
  node minimum age
17 Ma
The minimum age is based on the maximum age for MN4, the age of the Petersbuch 2 locality (Szyndlar and Schleich, 1993; Ivanov, 2000; Agustí et al., 2001).
 
  node maximum age
None specified
 
 primary fossil used to date this node 
 
UCBL 92856
Naja romani , Hoffstetter, 1939
Location relative to the calibrated node: Stem

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     Locality: Petersbuch 2 locality
     Geological age: Miocene, Neogene, Cenozoic


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  phylogenetic justification
Assignment of to the genus Naja is based on an anteroposteriorly short and laterally recurved maxilla with two large anterior venom fangs and two solid posterior teeth (Hoffstetter, 1939; Bogert, 1943) and fenestra vestibuli completely or nearly completely bounded within the otooccipital (Hoffstetter, 1939; Szyndlar and Rage, 1990).
 
  phylogenetic reference(s)
Hoffstetter, R. 1939. Contribution a l’étude des Elapidae actuels et fossiles et de l’ostéologie des ophidians. Archives du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Lyon, 15:1-78.
Bogert, C.M. 1943. Dentitional phenomena in cobras and other elapids, with notes on adaptive modifications of fangs. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 81:285-360.
Szyndlar, Z. and Rage, J.C. 1990. West Palearctic cobras of the genus Naja (Serpentes: Elapidae): interrelationships among extinct and extant species. Amphibia-Reptilia, 11:385-400.
 
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tree image
Figure 1 from Head et al. (2016).
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