A new evidence for pachyostotic snake from Turonian of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Novi nalaz pahiostotske zmije iz turona Bosne i Hercegovine

  • Dragana Đurić Natural History Museum Belgrade
  • Dragoslav Radosavljević Natural History Museum Belgrade
  • Dragana Petrović
  • Miloš Radonjić University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining and Geology
  • Petar Vojnović
Keywords: hind-limbed snake, pachyostosis, Pachyophis, Turonian, Bileća

Abstract

The records of Cretaceous marine snakes from Bosnia-Herzegovina are known nearly a hundred years. This paper presents a new finding of pachyostotc snake from the local quarry Dubovac, three kilometers northwest of Bileca. The specimen consists of 29 vertebrae, seven of which are detached from the slab. The two best preserved vertebrae are almost square shaped resembling Simoliophis rochebrune but considerably smaller. Vertebrae and ribs are extremely pachyostotic as inPachyophis woodwordy. Because of the unknown morphology of 3-D vertebrae previous specimens from Bosnia-Hercegovina precise identification was not possible.

Published
2017-12-18
How to Cite
Đurić, D., Radosavljević, D., Petrović, D., Radonjić, M. and Vojnović, P. (2017) “A new evidence for pachyostotic snake from Turonian of Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Geološki anali Balkanskoga poluostrva, 78(1), pp. 17-21. Available at: http://gabp.rgf.bg.ac.rs/index.php/gabp/article/view/16 (Accessed: 21November2018).
Section
Stratigraphy and paleontology