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Dispatches from the field: new adventures with endangered crocodile lizards and oriental garden lizards

It’s been a very busy year, which explains why I am only now writing this blog post from my trip to China earlier this year (May-June). I had the amazing opportunity of seeing one of the world’s most endangered lizards—the crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus), in the wild, and working with one of the largest captive […]

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A lizard with attitude

Read our latest lab post on CNN iReporter to see video of a Chinese toad-headed agama taking charge of a researcher (name withheld). Note that there are two videos. The better video is the second one, behind the first one (click arrow/number). Here is a photo of said lizard, a male Phrynocephalus axillaris  

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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! […]