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2014-09-02 11:37:24

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Five geckos sent into space so that researchers could analyze their reproductive habits in microgravity have died in orbit, officials from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) confirmed on Monday. The four male and one female lizards were sent into space on a Photon-M4 satellite on July 19 and returned to Earth 44 days later, explained Howard Amos of The Telegraph. However, when Roscosmos scientists traveled to the probe’s...

Skull Of New Species Sheds Light On Mediterranean Worm Lizard Evolution
2014-06-06 15:24:58

PLOS The first intact skull of a Mediterranean worm lizard has been found in Spain, according to a study published June 4, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Arnau Bolet from Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and colleagues. Only isolated fragments of fossil Mediterranean worm lizards have previously been found in Europe, and currently, our limited knowledge of their evolution is mainly based on molecular studies. The worm...

gecko-inspired human climbing mechanism
2014-06-06 11:55:22

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The gecko is a small lizard that can climb on a variety of surfaces, including glass. It uses adhesive pressure equaling 15 to 30 pounds per square inch (PSI) on each limb. Theoretically, the gecko can also support its body weight hanging on one toe. Each toe is comprised of a microscopic hierarchical structure which are little stalk-like extensions 100 microns long and 2 microns around. Each stalk is a bundle of hundreds of tips...

2014-05-14 23:05:51

The researchers of a study featured in Herpetologica present a new species of horned lizard discovered in southern Mexico. The authors found that, unlike most horned lizards, the newly discovered species have rough scales. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 Herpetologica – An article published in the current issue of the journal Herpetologica describes a new horned lizard species that lives in Mexico. Body size, tail length, and scale texture and layout distinguish this new species,...

Dartmouth-led Study May Resolve Evolutionary Debate Of Turtles
2014-05-06 03:59:54

Dartmouth College Turtles are more closely related to birds and crocodilians than to lizards and snakes, according to a study from Dartmouth, Yale and other institutions that examines one of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology. The findings appear in the journal Evolution & Development. The research team looked at how the major groups of living reptiles, which number more than 20,000 species, are interrelated. The relationships of some reptile groups are well...

Three New Lizards From The Andes Of Peru Discovered
2013-12-18 10:05:16

Pensoft Publishers Three beautiful new lizards from the Andes of Peru have been delimited and discovered using different lines of evidences by Peruvian and American biologists from San Marcos and Brigham Young universities respectively. The study was published in the open access journal Zookeys. These lizards have been "hidden" and confused with other lizards of the same group because of their overall similar appearance. However this study, which includes molecular, ecological and more...

Lizard Breath Developed Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-12-12 05:05:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The one-way airflow breathing technique used by monitor lizards may have originated about 20 million years earlier than previously believed, according to a new paper appearing in Wednesday’s edition of the journal Nature. According to researchers from the University of Utah and Harvard University, air flows primarily in a one-way loop through the monitor lizard’s lungs. This breathing technique is believed to have been used by...

Collared Treerunner More Than A Single Species
2013-11-25 12:33:19

Pensoft Publishers The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions. That idea is turning out to be partially incorrect. Widespread species now appear to be the exception, instead of the rule. A new study describes four species once considered to be the collared treerunner, a lizard known to the scientific community as Plica plica. The study was published in the open...

Oldest Lizard Fossil Found
2013-09-25 12:21:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known lizard-like fossil near Vellberg, Germany. The find offers new insights into the evolution of reptiles including lizards, snakes and tuatara, according to a newly published report in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The ancient reptile’s fossilized jaws indicate that these reptiles were alive during the Middle Triassic period some 240 million years ago. “The Middle...

Gecko Grips Just As Good In Wet Habitats As In Dry Ones
2013-04-02 10:44:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online People have always been looking to nature for inspiration for everything from art to medicine. And in a new study by University of Akron researchers, the affable gecko could lead to a new kind of adhesive tape. According to the study, which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), geckos can cling to wet hydrophobic surfaces like plant leaves and stems just as well as they can to dry surfaces. However,...


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Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
2013-09-16 09:53:35

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp is a cryptid, believed to inhabit the swamplands of Lee County, South Carolina, as well as the sewers and abandoned subways in the surrounding towns. It is described as a reptilian humanoid around seven feet tall. It is muscular, covered with dark hair and his feet, hands, and face has scaly lizard-like skin. It has three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand. It is considered to be extremely strong and may have a spiked tail. The first...

Reptilians
2013-09-05 08:02:45

Reptilians are depicted as reptile humanoid creatures that are used in science fiction, ufology, and in conspiracy theories. Sometimes reptilians are also called reptoids, reptiloids, or draconians. One of the first alleged contacts with a reptilian occurred in 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska. Police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard a UFO by reptile-like humanoids that had a winged serpent emblem on the left side of their chests. David Icke, a British...

Sinai Agama, Pseudotrapelus Sinaitus
2013-06-18 13:57:51

The Sinai Agama (Pseudotrapelus sinaitus) is an agamid lizard. It's found in arid areas in a variety of locations, including southeastern Libya, eastern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, eastern Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Oman. This lizard has a tail length of up to 9.8 inches, the tail accounting for up to 2/3 of the total length of the lizard. The tail and limbs are long and thin and allow for satisfactory running and climbing...

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2007-04-18 14:48:07

The Desert Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos, is native to western North America. Two subspecies are recognized. The Northern Desert Horned Lizard is found in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and parts of Montana. The Southern Desert Horned Lizard is commonly found in southern Utah and Nevada to southeast California, western Arizona and northern Baja California. Desert Horned Lizards range in size from three to five inches long. They have a distinctive flat-body with one row of fringed scales down...

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2007-04-18 14:41:26

The Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, Gambelia wislizenii, is a large predatory member of the Collared lizard family. Their range extends over most of the western United States and into northern Mexico. The epithet wislizenii is in honor of the German-American surgeon and naturalist Frederick Adolph Wislizenius, who caught the first specimen near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Long-nosed Leopard Lizard is a large lizard with a large head, long snout, and long round tail. Females, measuring about 5.8...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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