• Crashlanding geckos rely on their tails to get a grip

    High-speed cameras reveal the extraordinary dynamics of gecko flight – and landing.

    Crash landings are quite normal for geckos – it is their habit to launch themselves into leaps between trees to trave...

    Animals September 3, 2021
  • Hurricane coming? Get bigger toepads

    Study suggests lizards evolve to hang on.

    Lizard groups that frequently experience hurricanes evolve larger toepads than those that don’t, according to a new s...

    Evolution April 29, 2020
  • A giant Polish lizard

    Fossils paint a picture of reptiles that looked like mammals.

    This is a 250-million-year-old limb bone that once belonged to a previously unknown species of mammal-like reptile kn...

    Palaeontology November 25, 2018
  • From the vault: Blast from the past

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles.

    This week, Cosmos dug up a few pieces much older than our vault – articles on ancient fossils that made some big impr...

    Palaeontology September 7, 2015
  • How this lizard harvests water on its skin

    Spiky reptile has found a unique way to drink in desert.

    The spiky skin on a desert-dwelling Texas horned lizard delivers more than bad-boy looks. A complex network of micro-...

    Biology August 3, 2015
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