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Sandfish Lizard Inspires Robotics
2012-03-21 04:25:17

[ Watch the Video ] In less than a second, a sandfish lizard can dig its way into the sand and disappear. Blink and you miss it. The sandfish's slithering moves are inspiring new robotic moves that could one day help search-and-rescue crews find survivors in piles of rubble left from disasters like Hurricane Katrina. "The sandfish is a little lizard that lives in the Sahara Desert," says Daniel Goldman, a physicist at Georgia Tech. Goldman is an assistant professor specializing in the...

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2010-11-18 11:38:35

University of Alberta researchers have unearthed a mysterious link between bones of an ancient lizard found in Africa and the biggest, baddest modern-day lizard of them all, the Komodo dragon, half a world away in Indonesia. Biologists Alison Murray and Rob Holmes say the unique shape of the vertebrae links the 33-million-year-old African lizard fossil with its cousin the Komodo, which has only been around for some 700,000 years. "The African fossil was found on the surface of a windswept...

2010-05-17 08:50:00

Results reveal again the underestimated diversity of these giant lizards in insular Southeast Asia German scientist Andre Koch from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn together with his supervisor Dr. Wolfgang Boehme and another colleague have described two new monitor lizard species and one new subspecies from the Philippines in a recent article. The species descriptions were published in Zootaxa, the world's foremost journal for taxonomic zoology. "After the spectacular...

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2010-05-13 14:15:00

20 percent of all lizard species could be extinct by 2080, researchers say For many lizards, global climate change is a matter of life and death. After decades of surveying Sceloporus lizard populations in Mexico, an international research team has found that rising temperatures have driven 12 percent of the country's lizard populations to extinction. An extinction model based on this discovery also forecasts a grim future for these ecologically important critters, predicting that a full 20...

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2010-04-27 09:25:00

A newly discovered species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo dragon, was reported in the journal Zootaxa this week by a professor at UC Santa Barbara and a researcher from Finland. Sam Sweet, a professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, and Valter Weijola, a graduate student at Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, are the first to describe the distinctive lizard, which lives in the Moluccan islands of east Indonesia. Sweet is an...

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2010-02-19 08:20:00

New research on lizards supports an old idea about how species can originate. Morphologically distinct types are often found within species, and biologists have speculated that these "morphs" could be the raw material for speciation. What were once different types of individuals within the same population could eventually evolve into separate species. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, supports this idea. The study documents the disappearance of...

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2010-01-12 08:11:26

Scientists have long puzzled over how iguanas, a group of lizards mostly found in the Americas, came to inhabit the isolated Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga. For years, the leading explanation has been that progenitors of the island species must have rafted there, riding across the Pacific on a mat of vegetation or floating debris. But new research in the January issue of The American Naturalist suggests a more grounded explanation. Using the latest genetic, geological and fossil data,...

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2009-12-30 09:25:00

Does it matter if nature solves the same problem multiple ways? A NSF-supported study of lizard populations in White Sands, New Mexico has helped researcher Erica Rosenblum of the University of Idaho begin to answer that question. Published December 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the article describes genetic differences between lizards found in habitats that contain white or dark soils. These stark differences in color are an ideal environment to study natural...

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2009-09-30 11:10:13

The world's largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), is vulnerable to extinction and yet little is known about its natural history. New research by a team of palaeontologists and archaeologists from Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia, who studied fossil evidence from Australia, Timor, Flores, Java and India, shows that Komodo Dragons most likely evolved in Australia and dispersed westward to Indonesia. The research, which also details new fossil specimens...

2009-09-11 00:21:59

Two North Carolina men, an uncle and his nephew, have been charged with stealing 16 snakes, 11 frogs and five lizards from a pet store, police said. The break-in at Green Desert Reptiles in Waynesville was discovered Sept. 1, police said. Officers called to the store found snakes slithering around and a hole that had been broken through from a vacant space next door that had housed a defunct night club, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. While Detective Tamara Vander Molen was meeting with...


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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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