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Following the lizard lung labyrinth

December 16, 2019

Take a deep breath in. Slowly let it out. You have just participated in one of the most…
Team sequences the Komodo dragon genome

August 5, 2019

The Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world. These predators weighing up to 200 pounds can…
Scientists create world’s first gene-edited lizards

April 5, 2019

A group of University of Georgia researchers led by geneticist Douglas Menke has become the first in the world…
Robots may need a long tail if they really want to walk on two legs

September 27, 2018

In the future we will have robots – you knew that since you were a child. Robots are…
Robots may need lizard-like tails for ‘off-road’ travel

September 26, 2018

Robots may one day tackle obstacles and traverse uneven terrains thanks to collaborative research analysing the motion of…
Adaptable lizards illustrate key evolutionary process proposed a century ago

September 10, 2018

Side-blotched lizards in most of the Mojave Desert have tan and brown markings that blend in well with…
Scientists discover new species of ancient marine lizard

July 12, 2018

University of Alberta paleontologists discovered a new species of marine lizard that lived 70 to 75 million years…
Why so blue? New research sheds light on why our iconic blue-tongue lizards have such colourful tongues

June 18, 2018

A new study by researchers at Macquarie University has shed light on why blue tongue lizards have such…
Scientists identify world’s oldest lizard fossil

June 6, 2018

Paleontologists have identified the world’s oldest lizard fossil, providing key insights into the evolution of modern lizards and…
Fortune — and nature — favors the bold

June 6, 2018

Some people argue that animals have personalities: shy, bold, aggressive. It’s more than just cocktail party conversation for…
New study sheds light (and some shade) on anole diversification

May 14, 2018

The islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica — collectively known as the Greater Antilles — are…
A four-eyed lizard offers a new view of eyesight’s evolution in vertebrates

April 4, 2018

Researchers have found an ancient monitor lizard with a fourth eye — a discovery that may signal a…
Lizard Love

February 23, 2018

Anolis lizards have a thing or two to teach humans about love — or in scientific speak, sexual…
Conflict between males and females could replace evolution of new species

February 22, 2018

New research shows that males and females of the same species can evolve to be so different that…
An evolving sticky situation

October 23, 2017

While many animals try to avoid sticky situations, lizards evolved to seek them out Travis Hagey, Michigan State…
Lizard venom may contain clues to treating blood clots

August 8, 2017

Various types of lizard venom are being studied as possible treatments for blood clotting diseases that lead to…
Leaping Lizards!

June 29, 2017

Many geckos inhabit trees, often living high in the canopy. Relying on their incredible adhesive strength to help…
With most of the same genes, how do lizards siblings end up so different?

March 3, 2017

The brown anole, a prolific lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas and now commonly found in many…
Prized fossil find — the oldest, most complete iguanian in the Americas — illuminates the lives of lizards in the Age of Dinosaurs

January 26, 2017

Paleontologists picking through a bounty of fossils from Montana have discovered something unexpected — a new species of lizard…
Skinks and Ladders: Lizard Learning Ability Not Affected by Home Environment

January 8, 2017

In a first of its kind study researchers have found that the learning ability of a social, family-oriented…
Leaping Lizards! Quirky Facts About the Resident Reptiles

August 2, 2016

You hear them scurrying in the underbrush. You see them running up trees. Maybe you’ve even spotted one…
Researchers find tiny genetic switches in lizard tail regeneration

May 9, 2016

Findings from lizards may impact future therapies to regrow organs in humans Any kid who pulls on a…
Lizards camouflage themselves by choosing rocks that best match the colour of their backs

January 25, 2016

Resting out in the open on rocks can be a risky business for Aegean wall lizards. Out in…
Common lizards under threat from climate change

October 28, 2015

While there is no doubt that climate change is affecting many organisms, some species may be more sensitive…
Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians

September 28, 2015

As if life wasn’t hard enough during the last Ice Age, research led by the University of Queensland…
Love’s Labours: study shows male lizards risk becoming lunch for a bird in order to attract a mate

September 27, 2015

In the animal kingdom, the flashiest males often have more luck attracting a mate. But when your predators…
Printing the Past: Putting a Prehistoric Mystery Lizard Back Together Again

September 18, 2015

The size, shape, and solidity of an egg can tell us a lot, but until we can see…
Fossil remains of Old World lizard discovered in New World

August 27, 2015

University of Alberta paleontologists have discovered a new species of lizard, named Gueragama sulamericana, in the rock outcrops…
Look at me! Forest-dwelling anoles ‘glow’ to attract attention

August 20, 2015

See and be seen. In the elaborate game of seeking and attracting a mate, male anole lizards have…
Climate change lethal to baby lizards: Nests become heat traps

August 19, 2015

The expected impact of climate change on North American lizards is much worse than first thought. A team…
A new beginning for baby mosasaurs, thanks to Yale research

April 14, 2015

They weren’t in the delivery room, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Toronto have discovered…
Scientists partner to study nose of rare ‘Pinocchio Lizard’

April 13, 2015

For more than 50 years, scientists thought that the horned anole lizard — sometimes called the “Pinocchio Lizard”…
Study Resolves Reptilian Family Tree

April 7, 2015

A new study has helped settle the controversial relationships among the major groups of lizards and snakes, and…
Worm lizards dispersed by ‘rafting’ over oceans, not continental drift

April 1, 2015

Worm lizards (Amphisbaenia) are tiny, burrowing lizards that live almost exclusively underground. The six families of worm lizards…
Rising Temperatures from Climate Variability May Slow Critical Lizard Behaviors

March 31, 2015

Spring is here and ectotherms, or animals dependent on external sources to raise their body temperature, are becoming…
Mapping lizard venom makes it possible to develop new drugs

February 25, 2015

Gila and beaded lizards are the classic venomous lizards. However, it was recently shown that venom is also…
Evolution and aquatic adaptation of mosasaur eye

February 25, 2015

Mosasaurs (Squamata: Mosasauridae) were a group of aquatic lizards from 98 Ma to 66 Ma that exhibited a…
New research finds lizards cope well with change to colder climes

February 23, 2015

Whether or not animals and plants can adapt to new climates is becoming an increasingly important question. While…
Undercover researchers expose new species of lizard for sale on Philippine black market

January 16, 2015

Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge of the herpetology division at the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute, has devoted years to…
Christmas colours disguise gliding lizards in the rainforest

December 29, 2014

By mimicking the red and green colours of falling leaves, Bornean lizards avoid falling prey to birds whilst…
Florida Lizards Evolve Rapidly, Within 15 Years and 20 Generations

October 30, 2014

Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species — in as…
Geckos on Australasia side of Wallace Line found to be growing to twice the size of those in Asia

October 9, 2014

A dwarf yellow-headed gecko. Lygodactylus luteopicturatus. Pictured in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. App 7cm long. Credit: Wikipedia. A…
Lizards in the Caribbean: How geography influences animal evolution

October 7, 2014

A new and potentially more revealing way of studying how animal evolution is affected by the geography of…
Social learning: birds do it, bees do it, and apparently, lizards do it too

July 10, 2014

Young solitary lizards watch and learn from their elders. Researchers have found that the Eastern Water Skink, despite…
Study shows impact of feral cats on lizards in Greek Islands

June 19, 2014

Male of Erhard’s Wall Lizard (Podarcis erhardii) . Credit: Jeroen Speybroeck/Wikipedia. A team of researchers with diverse backgrounds…
Tail attraction saves lizards from fatal attacks

May 22, 2014

BRIGHTLY coloured lizard tails have evolved as a ‘risky decoy’ defence strategy against bird attacks, new research suggests.…
Sex, skinks, and personality

March 18, 2014

When it comes to spatial learning males are better than females, and bold and shy individuals are better…
Personality and sex explain learning ability in a lizard

March 13, 2014

Researchers have discovered that the sex and personality of lizards can influence their learning ability, with males faring…
A prequel that outshines the original: the exceptional 160-million-year-old fossils found in Inner Mongolia

March 4, 2014

A new fauna of fossil species at 160 million year old sites in China have been co-discovered by…
Color of passion: Orange underbellies of female lizards signal fertility

February 28, 2014

Australian lizards are attracted to females with the brightest orange patches – but preferably not too large –…
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