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  Palaeos Vertebrates 240.000  Squamata Overview
The Squamata are the most successful order of Cenozoic reptiles, with some six thousands recent species (more species than there are mammals!).
Technically, the Squamata are lepidosaurs, distinguished from other related and similar forms by a flexible and powerful jaw structure.
This came about through the loss of the lower temporal bar in the skull, which gave more room for the jaw muscles to develop, and the development of a special moveable hinge, the quadratojugal hinge, between the quadrate and squamosal bones in the skull.
www.palaeos.com /Vertebrates/Units/240Squamata/240.000.html   (379 words)

 Georgia Wildlife Web Site; reptiles: squamata   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Order squamata, scaled reptiles, is the largest order of reptiles with over 6,000 living species.
The squamata come in an amazing variety of sizes, shapes, and life styles.
Scaled reptiles range in size from a 1.2 cm (0.5 in) long lizard to a 10 m (32.8 ft) long snake.
museum.nhm.uga.edu /gawildlife/reptiles/squamata/squamata.html   (161 words)

 Reptilia-Squamata   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Squamata can be found on all of the continents of the world except Antarctica.
It discusses the characteristics of the Squamata a great deal and all of the vocabulary words are linked to in depth definitions.
The site claims that the Squamata like to live in hot climates and can be found on all the continents of the world except for Antarctica.
www.kn.att.com /wired/fil/pages/listreptiliata.html   (1510 words)

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