World’s tiniest lizards discovered in Madagascar

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Miniature chameleon

This little chameleon is one of four miniature lizards identified in Madagascar, adding to our growing list of amazingly teeny animals. The one on the match in this picture is a juvenile, but even the adults max out at 30 millimeters. They’re the smallest lizards in the world, and some of the smallest vertebrates found to date. (Pics)

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Lizards are in Danger of Extinction from Global Warming?

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A chameleon sits on a tree at a zoo

Once again the global warming hysteria patrol is out posting articles on how the earth is doomed because of global warming. Undeterred by one of the coldest winters in years and a global scandal surrounding the validity of their science, these scientists are out fabricating doom and gloom stories to feed a hidden political agenda.  This time its all about the lizards dying.

According to them, lizards are in danger of dying out on a large scale as rising global temperatures force them to spend more time staying cool in the shade and less time tending to basic needs like eating and mating.

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Unisexual Lizards

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Who needs men at least thats what I hear from the Whiptail Lizard community

The three Whiptail Lizards on view in the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians all play a part in one of the greatest mysteries of nature.The New Mexico Whiptail, pictured here, is an all-female species that is actually a mixture of the other two examples on display at the Museum — the Western Whiptail, which lives in the desert, and the Little Striped Whiptail, a denizen of grasslands.

Most products of crossbreeding, such as the mule, are sterile. But the New Mexico Whiptail, as well as several other all-female species of whiptail lizard, does reproduce, and all of its offspring are female. Moreover, it reproduces by parthenogenesis — its eggs require no fertilization, and its offspring are exact and complete genetic duplicates of the mother. Continue reading… “Unisexual Lizards”

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Gecko-Like Adhesive That Lets Go

Gecko-Like Adhesive That Lets Go 

Special tips on gecko hairs can grip and release.

Gecko feet have long been a source of inspiration to scientists striving to make superstrong, reusable adhesives. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found a new way to make such an adhesive grip and release as required, using angled microstructures. These structures mimic the tips of the hairs found on gecko toes, which give the lizard its prowess as a climber.

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Corpus Clock With Chronophage

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It’s a time piece unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And with six patents for bizarreness, the Corpus clock is guaranteed ‘eccentric’. It displays time not with the help of hour and minute hands but through blue LEDs shining through slots in the gold plated, two million dollar wall clock. A Chronophage, or a time-eater in John Taylor’s words, sits atop the circular main structure. If you’re taking a glimpse for the first time, gear up for some jitters. The Chronophage is designed to spook you, with a locust and lizard body and an eerie habit of opening its jaw wide and devouring time every hour.

 

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