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1 October 2010 The Amphibians and Reptiles of the 1962–1965 Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia
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The Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia collected zoological specimens and archeological artifacts from Egypt and the surrounding region from 1962 to 1965. A total of 2486 herpetological specimens were collected during this time, representing 51 species and 13 families. Among the herpetological specimens is a series of 1232 Chalcides ocellatus and a recently described species of spitting cobra (Naja nubiae). Because most of the collection sites are now under Lake Nasser, most specimens represent extirpated populations. Some specimens are of taxa now considered endangered species in Egypt. Although the primary purpose of the YUPEN expedition was to preserve the rich anthropological history south of Aswan, the herpetological specimens that were preserved provide a valuable temporal snapshot into the historical ecosystems that were present in Lower Egypt.
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Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell, Alex Dornburg, Dror Hawlena and Jon A. Moore "The Amphibians and Reptiles of the 1962–1965 Yale University Prehistoric Expedition to Nubia," Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 51(2), (1 October 2010). https://doi.org/10.3374/014.051.0204
Received: 9 April 2010; Accepted: 1 June 2010; Published: 1 October 2010
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