Antarctic sea lizard laid mystery fossil named ‘The Thing’

"It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur, but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils eggs antarctica oceans lizards science-and-technology

Fossils reveal Australia’s 600-pound kangaroo, 20-foot lizard

The Barada Barna people discovered the fossil remains of some remarkably large Australian megafauna, including huge kangaroos and lizards.

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils australia lizards featured science-and-technology kangaroos

Fossils reveal Australia’s 600-pound kangaroo, 20-foot lizard

The Barada Barna people discovered the fossil remains of some remarkably large Australian megafauna, including huge kangaroos and lizards.

Lito Vilisoni Wilson-U. Melbourne • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: fossils australia lizards featured science-and-technology kangaroos

Lizard toepads grew in response to hurricanes

The first study to demonstrate evolutionary response to hurricanes on a wide geographic scale focuses on anoles and the size of their toepads.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution hurricanes lizards science-and-technology feet

Lizards change ‘cologne’ to communicate in new places

After relocating to islets with no predators, Aegean wall lizards changed the chemical signals they use to communicate with each other, researchers say.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: communication senses lizards science-and-technology mating predators

Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: africa climate-change conservation lizards science-and-technology

City lizards have evolved to beat the heat

City lizards can handle heat, research finds. "It's kind of like a hidden superpower that only presents itself in the right environment."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: evolution cities temperature lizards earth-and-environment

Cats don’t roam far, but they do lots of killing

Is your outdoor cat a wildlife-killer? "We found that house cats have a two- to 10-time larger impact on wildlife than wild predators—a striking effect."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation birds pets cats lizards featured earth-and-environment predators

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Nov. 5, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: dna conservation dogs reptiles lizards earth-and-environment

Boney armor protects Komodo dragons in battle

What on earth do the world's largest lizards, Komodo dragons, need protection from? New research on their hidden armor provides the answer.

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
Sept. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: skin bones lizards science-and-technology predators

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