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Athletic lizards: Sex, hormones, and physical performance

When it comes to animal athletics lizards have been model systems for exploring the relationships between ecology and physical performance. Our two recent papers, one in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society and the second in Behavioral Ecology add to the growing list of studies looking at functional performance in lizards.

A lizards guide to mating: Alternative reproductive tactics give males an edge up in finding the ladies

Sexual selection – the differential reproductive success of individuals – is a powerful evolutionary force. Sexual selection can lead to evolution of both beautiful and bizarre phenotypes, such as peacock trains, deer antlers and the complex displays and bright colours of many lizards. Although we see these tell-tail signs of sexual selection across species, sexual […]

'Kids' in warm environments learn better! Incubation temperature affects a baby lizards ability to learn a motor task

Our new paper on baby lizard cognition was just published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology!

Lizard cognition has experienced something of a resurgence in the last few years. To get up to speed, take a look at a previous post summarising most of the recent published work. In a new paper published online in Behavioral […]