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The Changing Morphology of New Mexican Lizards

Andrew Tisher sent me this article:Hey Whitey

White Lizards Evolve in New Mexico Dunes

Erica Bree Rosenblum’s focus has been on three lizard species that elsewhere are dark skinned but in White Sands have each evolved a white-skinned variety that makes them hard to find. “It’s really obvious what’s happened,” Dr. Rosenblum said. “Everybody got white so that they could better escape from their predators.” It’s a great example of convergent evolution, of species independently acquiring the same traits.