One Cool Thing: Lizards Adapt to Better Survive Climate Change (shameless plus here)

One Cool Thing: Lizards Adapt to Better Survive Climate Change (shameless plus here)

In a groundbreaking new study, scientists examined lizards on Caribbean Islands and across Central and South America and found that in the places that had been hit repeatedly by hurricanes, the lizards had developed larger toe pads.  The New York Times explains that until now, “the strongest evidence for how evolution can be shaped by […]

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A Very Sexually Active Galapagos Tortoise Helps Save His Species

A Very Sexually Active Galapagos Tortoise Helps Save His Species

There’s no summing up CNN’s reporting on this story, you have to read for yourself: “A womanizing tortoise whose rampant sex life may have single-handedly saved his entire species from extinction has retired from his playboy lifestyle, returning to the wild with his mission accomplished.” The playboy in the story is Diego, the giant Galapagos […]

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Found!  Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

Found! Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

A team of explorers on the Galápagos Island of Fernandina last week discovered a female giant tortoise from a species thought to have gone extinct in 1906.  The expedition was led by biologist Forrest Galante for Animal Planet’s series “Extinct or Alive” which seeks to find “extinct” animals by searching for them in locations where a given species could have found refuge to remain alive. 

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