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Weather-worn lizards might adapt to new climates

James Cook University (Australia) – PhD student Anna Pintor is doing research on local lizards that are exposed to variable climates, and her findings express the ability they have to adapt to a changing climate better than other animals that are not exotherms.

Pintor is the first person to test the Climate Variablitiy Hypothesis (CVH), and her experiments with lizards are helping to test that because they already live in an area of environmental fluctuations they will be better able to adapt to the changing climate.

Pintor focused on three species of skinks in Australia, and her results proved that animals living in an environment already temperature variable have higher tolerances for environmental change and wider ranges.


-Above is PhD student Anna Pintor, holding one of the species of skink she was using in her study.

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