Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Mosquitoes, New Zealand flightless birds, pink lizards and more

In a span of ten years, more than 1,000 species were discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region. (Rene Ries)

Yes, This Big Lizard Is Pink

Pink lizard from the Galapagos Islands
(Maura McCarthy)
A new study from the University of Rome Tor Vergata shows that a rare strawberry-tinted land iguana in the Galápagos Islands is genetically distinct from other iguanas there, having diverged from them more than five million years ago as the archipelago formed. The rosada iguana—which escaped Darwin's notice—was discovered only recently, largely because it lives on the desolate slopes of an active volcano.

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