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TOMAŠOVÝCH, Adam - JABLONSKI, David - BERKE, S. K. - KRUG, Andrew Z. - VALENTINE, J. W. Nonlinear thermal gradients shape broad- scale patterns in geographic range size and can reverse Rapoport´s rule. In Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2015, vol. 24, no. 2, p. 157-167. (6.531 - IF2014). (2015 - Current Contents). ISSN 1466-822X.
ČERŇANSKÝ, Andrej - RAGE, Jean-Claude - KLEMBARA, J. The Early Miocene squamates of Amöneburg (Germany): the first stages of modern squamates in Europe. In Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 2015, vol. 13, no. 2, p. 97-128. (3.727 - IF2014). (2015 - Current Contents). ISSN 1477-2019.
Squamate faunas from the time interval covering the latest Oligocene–earliest Miocene (MP 29–MN 2) were poorly known, and this age was labelled the ‘Dark Period'. We brings the first report on a complete squamate fauna from the MN 2 zone in Europe, from the locality Wiesbaden-Amöneburg (Germany). Unexpectedly, a high diversity of squamates was discovered here, representing the first true beginnings of the modern fauna. The new finds are also important for another reason. The Early Miocene was marked by the collision of Eurasia with Africa, an event that potentially allowed immigration of African squamates into Europe. Since taxa with African affinities such as Chamaeleonidae and Cordylidae are missing here, this suggests that African taxa did not reach Europe in MN 2, but were able to enter it during MN 3. One new species, Blanus thomaskelleri sp. nov., is described.