Tagged: skinks

From the smallest of bones come the biggest of secrets - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Apr 04, 2022

Ask any museum curator if you could destroy the only known bone of a diminutive extinct animal for genetic research, and the answer, once the curator had regained their composure…well, I’ll leave that one to your imagination. Walk into the behind-the-scenes collection at any museum in Aotearoa New Zealand and you’re immediately drawn to the big things, whether that’s … Read More

Plague Skink II: Revenge of the mudslingers - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Mar 27, 2019

I’m recently reminded of why I’m not on Facebook. In a moment of weakness I took a look at the Sciblogs Facebook page. The first thing I came across was a commenter ruminating on a recent post of mine: ‘Oh FFS, Sciblogs! Not MORE straw-man pseudoscience from Steer?!?!?!?’ Charming. Another was more positive though, referring a friend to a … Read More

The plague skink: Science or scaremongering? - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Jan 22, 2019

Introduced species can cause significant changes in their receiving environments. For any new species, a wide range of effects can be contemplated – both positive and negative. In the absence of evidence, caution is surely needed. Introduced by accident in the mid-1960s, ‘plague skinks’ (Lampropholis delicata) have been known for all but about the last eight years as ‘rainbow … Read More