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Photos from field work in Xinjiang Province, China

Take a look at photos from our field work in northern China, where we were studying complex communication in toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus). Our photos are loaded on Flickr, where you can view pictures of our study animals and past field trips. Click on the photo below!

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Dispatches from the field: tough times for desert lizards in parts of Xinjiang Province, China

We have just recently finished working on a particularly interesting lizard: the toad-headed agama Phrynocephalus axillaris. We found a population on the gravel plains just west of Ruoqiang, in central Xinjiang Province, while searching for another species, P. forsythii. On that topic, P. forsythii has proven to be something of an achilles heel for us, […]

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Dispatches from the field: touring China’s deserts in search of toad-headed agamas

I am currently in Xinjiang Province, northern China, with Dr. Qi Yin, our collaborator from the Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), which is part of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). We have funding from CAS to study the evolution of complex visual signals in toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) and this is the second year of […]

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New Scientist reports “Cold-blooded burrow sharing in Tibetan lizards”

Gilead Amit has featured our recent PLoS One paper (full reference below) in New Scientist. Read the article by clicking the link below. Cold-blooded burrow sharing in Tibetan lizards and to download the PLoS One article for free, click on the article diagram below. Y Qi, D W A Noble, J Fu, M J Whiting […]

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What makes an angry Phrynocephalus mystaceus?

Blog posting by Dr. Qi Yin, Chengdu Institute of Biology (CAS) When you see the colorful and threatening face above, what response does this evoke? Imagine a lizard predator about to grab a lizard and suddenly it flares it’s cheek flaps and simultaneously presents an angry, gaping mouth. Why do they flare these cheek flaps […]

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Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

This dispatch comes to you from the Tukai Desert in north-west China, a short drive (about 15 km) from the Kazakhstan border. We are three weeks into a six-week field trip. The lab is currently working on the evolution of complex tail waves and colour signals in Asian toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) in collaboration with Dr. […]

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New lizard enclosures in China!

Our great friend and colleague Dr. Qi Yin of the Chengdu Institute of Biology, who is an associate of the lab, has just finished building an amazing complex of enclosures at Xiaman Conservation Station in the Zoige Wetland Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province. We like to think of this as the Chinese branch of the lab! […]

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Dispatches from China part 2: lizards, yak poo and high altitude basketball

We are currently in a race against the clock. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t exactly been kind to us. Yesterday was great, we had a nice sunny day and collected tons of data. (We are in China visiting and assisting Dr. Qi Yin on his toad-agama project with an eye to setting up future collaborative projects.) […]

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Dispatches from China part 1: Lizards, culture and our inability to understand the Chinese currency

For all those Lizard Lab followers, you’re in for a treat! For those of you who are not aware, Martin and Dan have been travelling through China with some colleagues (Dr. Qi Yin and Wu Yau Yong) to look at a peculiar and unique lizard population in the far North of Sichuan Province. Our adventures […]