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 Lizard scientists : studying evolution in action (Scientists in the field (Clarion/HarperCollins))
 Author: Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw

 Publisher:  Clarion (2022)

 Dewey: 597.9
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 73 p., col. ill. , 23 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 703360 ISBN: 9780358381402
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7


Price: $23.28

Discover how lizards rapidly adapt to life in the Caribbean islands, allowing scientists to study Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection in real time.

 Illustrator: Dappen, Nate
Losin, Neil

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (10/01/22)
   Booklist (12/01/22)
 The Hornbook (00/01/23)

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Booklist - 12/01/2022 Part of the prolific Scientists in the Field series, this volume by repeat contributor Patent introduces the concept of evolution through the study of anoles (the lizard family that has both dewlaps and toe pads). Brief overviews of Charles Darwin, his revolutionary theory, and anole ecomorphs, or collection of traits (e.g., living in treetops, on tree trunks, or on the ground), provide context for successive chapters that spotlight field biologists at work. The bulk of the advanced text is more fitting for sophisticated science readers; it describes how the Greater Antilles—notably Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba—are ideal “island test tubes” for conducting experiments with the small-size, rapidly reproducing lizards. By relocating anoles with different ecomorphs to other islands, scientists are able to trace evolution as it happens. High-quality photos by a team of biologists and wildlife filmmakers showcase both the variety of anole attributes and the conditions of studying them in the wild. A concluding chapter covers country- versus city-anole adaptations, as well as adaptations to climate change, adding relevancy to the topic. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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