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News Release 12-017

Castaway Lizards Offer New Look at Evolutionary Processes

Differences caused by 'founder effect' persist when populations adapt to new environments

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A male brown anole lizard.

A male brown anole lizard (Anolis sagrei) displays its eye-catching dewlap.

Credit: Neil Losin


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Tall and broad vegetation.

Tall and broad vegetation typical of the source population island on Iron Cay is shown.

Credit: Jason Kolbe


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Short, narrow vegetation.

Short, narrow vegetation indicative of the founder islands in the study is shown.

Credit: Jason Kolbe


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Scientists searching for lizards.

Scientists search for lizards on one of the experimental founder islands.

Credit: Jason Kolbe


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February 3, 2012 Science cover.

The researchers' findings are described in the Feb. 3 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: copyright AAAS 2012


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