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Polar Cartilages and Formation of Crista Sellaris in Grass Snake, Natrix natrix (Ophidia, Colubridae), Chondrocranium at the Early Stages of Embryogenesis. Sheverdyukova H. V.- The initial developmental stages of grass snake’s, Natrix natrix Linnaeus, 1758 chondrocranium are described. Three paired structures form the floor of N. natrix’s neurocranium: cranial trabeculae, polar cartilages, and parachordals. The primordiums of polar cartilages and their independent centers of chondrification are identified at the stage 26 of development for the first time for N. natrix and snakes in general. The participation of these structures in the formation of crista sellaris and carotid foramina is proved.


The theory of filembriogenesis is only an introduction to the problem’s development of ontogeny’ and phylogeny’ relation (hereinafter — «relation»). Discussions as to whether ontogeny creates phylogeny, or vice versa, are devoid of meaning. The opinion of O. Hertwig (Hertwig, 1906) that the ontogeny and phylogeny are two parallel and independent developmental processes is valid only in the first part; thesis about independence distorts the essence of «relation.» According to the authors, one of the essential characteristics of the «relation» is that ontogeny gives the material for phylogeny, and phylogeny renews ontogeny, leading away ontogeny from inbreeding; that ontogeny ensures the life continuity and phylogeny — its differentiation, that is, creates biodiversity; that ontogeny and phylogeny can exist and function only in conjunction or in parallel, changing places (in terms of priority) in the life evolution.