Herpetology

Victorian-era histological slides used to study penis evolution

October 31, 2015
A recent article in Biology Letters by Thomas Sanger, a former MCZ postdoc, resolves the evolutionary history of the penis. Sanger examined MCZ's precious collection of Victorian-era histological slides of tuatara embryos for his research, which concludes that the penis evolved just once in the common ancestor of mammals and reptiles. Read more about the findings in... Read more about Victorian-era histological slides used to study penis evolution

The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, a short film, is now available

December 15, 2014
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has released a new short film, The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, featuring Jonathan Losos. Shot on location in the Caribbean, Losos demonstrates the traits that enable dozens of anole species to adapt to different vertical niches in the forest. The film is part of the Biointeractive series of resources for science teachers and students.