SCANFERLA Carlos Agustin
The oldest record of Clelia (Serpentes Colubridae) in South America
CARLOS AGUSTÍN SCANFERLA
Comptés Rendus Palevol
Lugar: París; Año: 2006 p. 721 - 724
Trunk vertebrae of a colubrid from the Lower to Middle Pleistocene of the Buenos Aires province, Argentina, are described. They are assigned to the genus Clelia on the basis of the following combination of characters: the longitudinal development of the neural spine, the short vertebral body, prezygapophyseal processes robust and laterally oriented. This suggests that the origin of thesubfamily Xenodontinae and their later dispersal in South America has occurred at least in or before Pliocene times.