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After Last Year's Hurricanes, Caribbean Lizards Are Better at Holding on for Dear Life

A stunning case of natural selection in action
Source: Colin Donihue

The lizards didn’t see the hurricanes coming. Neither did Colin Donihue.

Last summer, , a researcher from Harvard University, traveled to the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos to study a local species of . Conservationists were set to exterminate rats that had been introduced to the two islands to preserve their native wildlife, and Donihue wanted to see how the lizards might evolve once the rodents were gone. He and his colleagues captured dozens, and measured their bodies, legs, and toes. Then, in early September, they packed up and flew home, with a vague plan to return in a few years

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