lizards

  • Revealed: the small dreams of lizards

    Lizards enjoy something akin to REM sleep, and they may dream.

    A new study of reptilian slumber raises questions about how our own pattern of sleep evolved, while suggesting that a...

    Animals October 15, 2018
  • How lizards do a good ‘wheelie’

    Movement at the right time gets species on two legs more quickly.

    Some lizards can start running on two legs more quickly than others because of the way they move their bodies and tai...

    Animals September 30, 2018
  • Lizards avoid predation by scaring predators

    Scientists have discovered the purpose of its trademark feature.

    The common blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua sincoides), found throughout mainland Australia, uses its tongue as a defence ...

    Animals June 13, 2018
  • Insights into tetrapod and lizard evolution

    Two papers provide exciting answers to very old questions.

    Palaeontologists using high-tech methods more commonly associated with medical or crime-scene labs are prying ever-mo...

    Palaeontology May 30, 2018
  • A green-blooded lizard

    Strange quirk has evolved several times among Australasian lizards.

    Unlike most animals, the prehensile tailed skink (Prasinohaema prehensicauda) from the highlands of Papua New Guinea ...

    Animals May 21, 2018
  • The secret of the green-blooded lizards

    Green blood evolved independently four times.

    There are several lizard species in New Guinea with green blood, instead of the usual red. The lime green colour is d...

    Evolution May 17, 2018
  • Ancient lizards legged it

    South Korean discovery suggests lizards ran on two legs.

    Among the many things that we think make human beings special is our upright stance and two-legged gait, known as “bi...

    Evolution February 15, 2018
  • World’s reptiles mapped for the first time

    Comprehensive survey of snakes and lizards completes long-awaited “atlas of life”.

    The first definitive map showing the distribution and density of every reptile species in the world has completed the...

    Biology October 9, 2017
  • Fashion-conscious lizards show animal colour bias

    Attempts to get up close and personal support species confidence hypothesis.

    Here’s a handy tip: if you want to catch a western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), found through the US south...

    Biology August 9, 2017
  • Lizard saliva an unlikely boon to Parkinson’s patients

    Diabetes drug derived from saliva may improve motor skills of those with Parkinson’s.

    A common diabetes drug based on lizard saliva might also moderate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, according to r...

    Biology August 6, 2017
  • Tuatara: Not a lizard nor a dinosaur

    Tuatara is the sole survivor of a once-widespread reptile group.

    The unique tuatara, photographed on Stephens Island, Takapourewa. Credit: Paddy Ryan, Author provided Have you ever h...

    Biology May 17, 2017
  • Can lizards count?

    Lizards may not have the ability to distinguish numbers.

    A ruin lizard deep in thought. Credit: Petar Milošević Suppose you were very hungry and you loved to eat apples, and...

    Biology April 12, 2017
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