Sri Lankan Blind Snake Found

blind Snake_Ryan_220x330Alex Pyron’s expertise is in family trees. Who is related to whom, who begat whom, how did they get where they are now. But not for humans: reptiles, and snakes specifically..

In 2011, his fieldwork in Sri Lanka studying snake diversity on the island led him to confirm the identity of 60 known species of snakes. With Sri Lankan collaborators, Ruchira Somaweera, an author on snakes and expert on amphibians and reptiles, and Dushantha Kandambi, a local naturalist and snake expert, the team collected 60 species of snakes and of those, Dr. Pyron used DNA sequencing technology on 40 of them. The study led to a greater understanding of how all the snakes are related to each other and their evolutionary relationship other species globally.

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Read more at http://scienceblog.com/61062/sri-lankan-snake-study-reveals-new-species-rich-biodiversity-in-island-country/#2GVtuPKhE9XvqOD3.99

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