Miniature Reptiles Found in Madagascar

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 11:54 AM

By Andra Varin

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Scientists have found a tiny species of chameleon so small that it can perch comfortably on the tip of a matchstick or a man’s fingernail — with plenty of room to spare.
 
The wee reptile, named Brookesia micra, is one of four new species of dwarf lizards discovered on the African island nation of Madagascar. The mini-chameleon was found on a small islet off Madagascar called Nosy Hara.
 
Scientists led by Frank Glaw of the Zoological State Collection of Munich in Germany reported the findings in the journal PLoS One.
 
“The extreme miniaturization of these dwarf reptiles might be accompanied by numerous specializations of the body plan, and this constitutes a promising field for future research,” said Glaw. “But most urgent is to focus conservation efforts on these and other microendemic species.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Apple CEO Discusses Security with Top Chinese Official amid Hacking Claims

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 06:30 AM

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government  . . .

Sen. Leahy Urges Comcast to Extend Net Neutrality Pledge

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 12:40 PM

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called on Comcast to extend its net neutrality  . . .

Paralyzed Man Walks After Cells for Smelling Placed in Spine

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 12:32 PM

A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells responsible  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved