How a population of lizards was forever changed by 2017’s extreme hurricane season


The extreme winds from last year's destructive hurricane season seems to have come with some unexpected consequences.  

Hurricanes Irma and Maria — some of the most destructive in Caribbean history — may have forced rapid evolutionary change in a native population of small-bodied anole lizards (Anolis scriptus), researchers in the West Indies say.

According to a new study about the lizards released in Nature this week, much of the surviving population of lizards after the hurricanes have larger toe pads, longer forelimbs, and shorter hind limbs than the average anole. Read more...

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