Tagged: tuatara

Tuatara tuesday — its not a dinosaur, OK? - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 14, 2010

From today I’ll be starting a semi-regular series of posts about my favourite reptile and #1 study organism, the tuatara.  I want to start by clearing up a misconception that I see repeated time and time again, that tuatara are “New Zealand’s living dinosaur”. Tuatara are an entirely different lineage of reptiles from the dinosaurs.  [...] … Read More

Tuatara: one species or two? (re-post) - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Aug 21, 2010

The chicken or egg blog family is on holiday in Germany during August, so I probably won’t have a chance to write any new posts.  To keep you all entertained, I’ll be re-posting some of my earlier (pre-Sciblogs) articles. This post was written in July 2009. New Zealand’s most iconic reptile, the tuatara, is currently regarded [...] … Read More

How hard can a tuatara bite? - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Jan 06, 2010

As a geneticist, I’m only rarely let out of the lab to chase after my study animal, the tuatara.  I count these occasions as a gift, where I get to feel like a “real” biologist and learn to talk knowledgably about the ecology and habits of tuatara (which, lets face it, are generally of more interest to [...] … Read More

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