This is what I found on CBS12.COM:
Lizards can evolve adaptations that could make them more likely to survive certain effects of climate change.
That’s according to Colin Donihue, a post-doctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, who authored a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
He examined lizard species on several Caribbean islands, and found that lizards’ toe pads are larger and stronger on the islands on which more hurricanes strike. In areas with fewer hurricanes, the lizards don’t have toe pads as large — because they don’t need them, he said.
“It could have a much wider effect across lots of species,” Donihue said, suggesting other animals may be capable of similar resilience.
** Hurricanes are extreme climatic events that can have enduring and large-scale evolutionary impacts. ** Honored to be a collaborator on @colindonihue‘s study on the effect of hurricanes on toepad size evolution in anole lizards. Now in out in @PNASNews — https://t.co/qjhdpXVajz pic.twitter.com/wUAdddWFJq
— Simon Baeckens (@simonbaeckens) April 28, 2020
— Colin Donihue (@colindonihue) April 27, 2020
Lizards can evolve adaptations that could make them more likely to survive certain effects of climate change. https://t.co/hJWYr47BTQ
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) April 28, 2020
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