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One Night in Antigua – Photos from a Layover with the Colossus Anolis leachii

Sometimes, they say, it’s about the journey, not the destination. This makes me think of exciting layovers I’ve had in Anolis country. At any place where the layover is long enough to permit stepping outside of the airport, I like … Continue reading

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Baby Anoles – Cute, Cuddly, and Easily Staged!

Check out this piece in the New Scientist, which picked up on our images of Anolis embryos and Thom’s awesome research! http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/12/teeny-lizards-reveal-the-cuter.html The readers of this blog do not need to be convinced that anoles are an amazing model system … Continue reading

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Dead for a Day – Long Live the Lizard Man, Eric Pianka

Eric Pianka is no stranger to bizarre conversations. As a public figure in evolutionary biology, he has engaged in numerous perplexing discussions with vociferous dissenters from the Creationist and Intelligent Design camps. On September 26, 2011 Eric Pianka received what … Continue reading

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Is An Anole Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Manuel Leal and Brian Powell have just published a paper in Biology Letters demonstrating that lizards are smart. Before getting to the details, though—here’s the important point: check out the videos! They’re pretty amazing (here, scroll down and click on … Continue reading

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Gear review: the Fish Pen

“Are you sure you don’t want to take a lizard pole?” – “No way, we’re on vacation, not field work”. But once arrived on the lovely Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico I just couldn’t get any of the anoles perching on … Continue reading

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Anoles Respond to Robotic Lizards

Photo from Partan et al. (2011) For about a decade now, several researchers have used remarkably realistic looking robotic lizards to study lizard behavior. A pioneer in this approach—especially with regard to studying anoles—is Terry Ord, now at the University … Continue reading

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