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The smallest snake in the world – it is so tiny you’d think it’s a worm

October 2, 2019

If you’ve ever seen the 1997 movie Anaconda, you know that snakes may be pretty big. Well, ok,…
World’s smallest known vertebrate – this frog is so small, it was hiding between insects

September 29, 2019

Our World is still rich in its biodiversity. There are so many different animals and plants that we…
The type specimen of Aenigmaspina pantyfynnonensis, photograph and 3D scan model, produced by Erin Patrick as part of her Masters thesis work in Bristol. This little block, the size of the palm of your hand, shows the backbone, curved round from top right to bottom left, and in the middle the ribs and shoulder blades. Scale bar is 1 cm. Image credit: University of Bristol
A new reptile species from Wales named by Bristol student

September 2, 2019

After resting for decades in the storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London, a fragmentary fossil from…
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of two species of ancient reptile

February 27, 2019

Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions,…
Researchers are giving tortoises a ‘head start’

September 6, 2018

Research from the University of Georgia indicates that head-starting—raising a species in captivity and releasing it into a protected…
Russian connections of reptile from the Jurassic Coast

September 4, 2018

The reptile, called Kapes, is a small lizard-like creature with a spiny skull. However, the fossil is delicate, and…
Bristol undergraduate identifies South Wales fossil as new species of ancient reptile

February 12, 2018

It is named Clevosaurus cambrica, the second part being Latin and referring to the fact it comes from Wales.…
Reptile Atlas Pinpoints Areas of Conservation Concern

November 6, 2017

Tel Aviv University researchers have completed the world’s first “atlas of life,” contributing a global review and map of…
A tiny pre-historic reptile sported some impressive armour

July 2, 2017

When we talk about dinosaurs, we typically imagine giant reptiles, much bigger than an average house. However, scientists…
Scientists Discover New Species of Fijian Iguana

June 8, 2017

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, The National Trust of Fiji and NatureFiji-MareqetiViti have…
Reptile vocalization is surprisingly flexible

May 31, 2017

It has now been shown for the first time that non-avian reptiles are able to adjust their calls…
Tropical lowland frogs at greater risk from climate warming than high-elevation species, study shows

April 10, 2017

A new study of Peruvian frogs living at a wide variety of elevations—from the Amazon floodplain to high…
Ancient reptile fossils claw for more attention

September 30, 2016

Newly recovered fossils confirm that Drepanosaurus, a prehistoric cross between a chameleon and an anteater, was a small…
How Gecko Feet Got Sticky

September 30, 2016

How do key innovations in the animal kingdom arise? To explore this question, gecko expert Timothy Higham, an…
Some Birds and Reptiles Vulnerable to Climate Change in the Southwestern US

July 11, 2016

With temperatures projected to increase approximately 6 degrees Fahrenheit in the Southwestern United States and precipitation projected to…
Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation

June 9, 2016

New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition colour change to specific body parts, depending on…
New Research Confirms Continued, Unabated and Large-Scale Amphibian Declines: Local Action Key to Reversing Losses

May 24, 2016

New U.S. Geological Survey-led research suggests that even though amphibians are severely declining worldwide, there is no smoking…
Bearded dragons show REM and slow wave sleep

April 29, 2016

Behavioral sleep is ubiquitous among animals, from insects to man. In humans, sleep is also characterized by brain…
What’s Warming the Cold-Blooded Iguana?

January 13, 2016

Now that dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth, scientists use modern animals to understand how their ancient ancestors…
Pre-reptile may be earliest known to walk upright on all fours

September 18, 2015

Wandering an arid region of the ancient supercontinent of Pangea about 260-million years ago, the pre-reptile Bunostegos akokanensis…
Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming

May 21, 2015

Cold-blooded and other animals that are unable to regulate their internal temperature may have a hard time tolerating…
Endangered tortoises thrive on invasive plants

April 7, 2015

Most research on the role of introduced species of plants and animals stresses their negative ecological impacts. But…
How Were Fossil Tracks Made by Early Triassic Swimming Reptiles So Well Preserved?

March 2, 2015

A type of vertebrate trace fossil gaining recognition in the field of paleontology is that made by various…
Cranial reconstruction of 300 million-year-old specimens of a primitive reptile-like vertebrate

July 22, 2014

 Gephyrostegus bohemicus  Paleontologists have provided a new cranial reconstruction of a long-extinct limbed vertebrate (tetrapod) from previously unrecognised…
NM Researchers untangle energetics of extinct dinosaurs

June 13, 2014

In a recently released study in the presitgious journal Science, UNM graduate student John Grady quantitively explores the…
Newly discovered paddle prints show how ancient sea reptiles swam

June 11, 2014

Seabed scene, Luoping, 245 Myr ago. The nothosaur, Lariosaurus, prowls along the sea floor. The reconstruction scene is…
A Few Winners, But Many More Losers: Southwestern Bird and Reptile Distributions to Shift as Climate Changes

April 8, 2014

Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as…
Prequel outshines the original: Exceptional fossils of 160 million year old doahugou biota

March 6, 2014

This is a reconstruction of the Daohugou fauna featuring feathered dinosaurs, pterosaurs, early mammals and amphibians among others.…
Ancient reptile birth preserved in fossil

February 13, 2014

This is the maternal specimen with three embryos. Credit: PLoS ONE, Ryosuke Motani, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088640 Ichthyosaur fossil may show the…
Pigments reveal extinct reptiles’ dark side

January 9, 2014

Fossil pigments reveal melanic (dark) colouration of extinct marine reptiles. Note that the leatherback turtle (top) and mosasaur…
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