From Eggs to Live Birth
Evolution has been caught in the act, according to scientists who are decoding how a species of Australian lizard is abandoning egg-laying in favor of live birth.
Along the warm coastal lowlands of New South Wales the yellow-bellied three-toed skink lays eggs to reproduce. But individuals of the same species living in the state’s higher, colder mountains are almost all giving birth to live young.
Only two other modern reptiles—another skink species and a European lizard—use both types of reproduction.
- Evolution in action. Lizard moves from eggs to live birth (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Australian Lizards on Verge of Evolutionary Leap (unreasonablefaith.com)
- Zoologger: Live birth, evolving before our eyes (newscientist.com)
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