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Polymorphism in Living and Pleistocene Populations of the African Land Snail, Limicolaria martensiana

Naturevolume 199pages713714 (1963) | Download Citation



DIVER1 has shown that polymorphism in colour and pattern in living populations of the land snail, Cepaea, may also be distinguished in Pleistocene fossils, and although there may have been changes in the relative frequency of the colour forms, the polymorphism has persisted for thousands of years.

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  1. 1

    Diver, C., Nature, 124, 183 (1929).

  2. 2

    Bishop, W. W., Proc. Fourth Pan African Cong. Prehist., Leopoldville, 1959, 245 (1962).

  3. 3

    Owen, D. F., Nature, 198, 201 (1963).

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  1. Department of Zoology, Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda

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