Tail loss (aututomy) is one of the more amazing things done by lizards, but for for me it’s a frustrating reality of studying the physiology of sprinting because rough handling (by me when I was a beginning Ph.D. student and now in my lab by some undergrads) results in a lost tail and thus changed locomotor mechanics. Leer más.

When Dr Vimoksalehi Lukoschek started her research on the evolution of sea snakes she needed a location with plenty of animals to study. Ashmore Reef was an obvious choice. Lying about halfway between Australia’s Kimberley coast and East Timor, Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve was renowned for being a sea snake hot spot. Previous surveys had found high numbers of sea snakes of a huge variety, some not found anywhere else in the world. Leer más.