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World’s smallest lizard discovered
January 28, 2002
The world’s smallest lizard has been discovered on a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of the Dominican Republic. The newly discovered species not only ranks as the smallest lizard, but it also is the smallest of all 23,000 species of reptiles, birds, and mammals, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Caribbean Journal of Science. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State, and Richard Thomas, a biologist at the University of Puerto Rico, are co-authors. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funded their research.
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