Lizard Pushups


Lizards: they're just like us! So suggests a study released on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Terry Ord, a research associate in the Section of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, and Judy Stamps, professor emeritus in Evolution and Ecology at Davis, observed Puerto Rican anole lizards doing pushups (that's right, pushups) in the wild in order to command the attention of their unruly brethren. Thanks to Terry Ord for the video footage of live and robotic anole lizard pushups featured in today's episode.

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Yellow-chinned Anole Lizard - Wildlife Facts Institute of Lizard Pushups