12 Jan '12, 9pm

Climate change may make lizards smarter, if they don't go extinct first

Brainy lizards rival birds in intelligence (07/13/2011) Reptiles have long been thought to be dim-witted, but a new study in Biology Letters finds that the Puerto Rican anole, a type of lizard, can match birds in smarts. Using cognitive tests that have been previously used on birds, researchers with Duke University found that the lizards were capable of solving a problem they've never encountered before, remembering the solution in future trials, and even changing techniques when presented with new challenges. In fact, the tiny anoles solved the test with fewer tries than birds. Given reptiles' reputation of being slow-on-the uptake the head author, Manuel Leal, said the findings are 'completely unexpected'. Climate change devastating lizards worldwide: 20 percent estimated to face extinction (05/13/2010) Lizards have evolved a variety of methods to escape predators: some ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0112-hance_smartlizards.html

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