Exploring the morphological space of Tropidurines with interactive plots

Versión en español aquí To directly explore the tropidurinae morphospace I created go here After reading the newest paper by Pianka et al (2017), which basically summarizes ecological data collected for lizards across entire lifetimes of field work (Pianka’s and Vitt’s, specifically) I got inspired by the interactive way they showed (in the supplemental materials)…

My story so far

Versión en español aquí Many times people relate me with lizards. When they see a picture, a video, or even if they see one face to face, dead or alive, they ask me for the species ID. The truth is that I know almost nothing about lizards that is not in an evolutionary context. I…

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…