Rapid Evolution, Rapid Extinction and the Influence of Man

Versión en español aquí A popular myth relates “evolution” with strictly long time periods, thousands or millions of years. This is understandable given that the most popular examples (dinosaurs – birds, Australopithecus – Homo sapiens) are those in which big changes needed a lot of time to “transform” a living being into a totally different…

Phymaturus: Lizards running on ash

Cover image by flickr user Javier Orellana Versión en español aquí! After many months, the last of the tropidurines has arrived. Phymaturus is a very particular genus of lizards and stands out of the rest of the genera in Tropidurinae because of its particular morphology, adapted to a life in rocky micro-habitats. In general, the…

A story of passion and audacity

Cover Illustration by Craig Latker Versión en español aquí! “Letters to a young scientist” is a small book that I really enjoyed reading. However, there is a special chapter to which I always return. I might have re-read it about 10 or more times. Even though I recommend the entire book (on it the recognized…

Another adaptation story in Tropidurus

Cover photo: Tropidurus hispidus, by Fernando Flores available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license   Spanish version here! Almost since the beginning of this series it was already decided that Tropidurus would be left until the end. The reason is that I personally don’t know much about this genus. Additionally the species of the genus…