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Unheard of Life History for a Vertebrate
June 30, 2008
There is a newly discovered life history among the 28,300 species of known tetrapods. A chameleon from arid southwestern Madagascar spends up to three-quarters of its life in an egg. Even more unusual, life after hatching is a mere 4 to 5 months. No other known four-legged animal has such a rapid growth rate and such a short life span. The new research is reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
American Museum of Natural History
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