A recent discovery of fossilized reptilian footprints from the Early Cretaceous in what is now South Korea has led to scientific speculation that crocodile ancestors may have been speedy bipedal creatures, not unlike the infamous T. Rex. The concept of a crocodile ancestor that traveled leaving complete footmarks (i.e. both toes and heel) may prompt a reevaluation of crocodilians in general. As they say, if the footprint fits...! The full article may be found here.
An almost unknown species of agamid lizard—seen only three times in over one hundred years—has reemerged onto the world stage. The Modigliani lizard, with its bright coloring and prominent nose horn, looks like something that leaped out of the latest Godzilla movie! (Alas, the lizard's namesake was an Italian natural historian / explorer, not the modernist painter.) To say that the creature is endangered is an understatement, but because it has been rediscovered, there is at least a ray of hope for its conservation. The full article may be found here.
Yes, we know, the article is from 2015, but the discovery of not one but *two* species of venom-injecting frogs in Brazil (one with venom 25 times the potency of a pit viper) is still pretty scary. And ominous: the article concludes that "researchers think several more frogs could have evolved to be venomous". Best take-away from this news: do not pick up strange frogs! The full story can be read here:
This unfortunate lizard suffered both from a garbage-infused diet (due to humans' improper trash disposal) and, well, terrible bathroom habits! The combination made him one of the most backed-up creatures on the planet—and proved sadly lethal. Take a lesson from this poor lizard and eat your roughage, people! The full story can be found here.
It's World Turtle Day! Join millions of fans of these wonderful creatures today in a "shellebration"! Malibu Tortoise Rescue, a wonderful Southern California resource that was badly hit by the Woolsey fire, has lots of information on turtle-specific concerns on its new website, www.WorldTurtleDay.org. And don't forget to send love to turtles and tortoises all over the world. They need our consideration, conservation, and care!