Contributions to Zoology, 84 (1) – 2015

Functional morphology of a highly specialised pivot joint in the cranio-cervical complex of the minute lizard Ablepharus kitaibelii in relation to feeding ecology and behaviour

Nikolay Natchev1, Nikolay Tzankov2, Vladislav Vergilov3, Stefan Kummer4, Stephan Handschuh5

1.  Department Integrative Zoology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria. Faculty of Natural Science, Shumen University, Universitetska 115/313, 9700 Shumen, Bulgaria. E-mail: nikolay.natchev@univie.ac.at

2.  Section Vertebrates, National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Tzar Osvoboditel 1, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

3.  Department of Anthropology and Zoology, Sofia University, Dragan Tzankov 8, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

4.  VetCore Facility for Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria

5.  VetCore Facility for Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria. Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Keywords: evolution,feeding,neck,odontoid,parallel,skink,µCT.