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Scientists sequencing DNA of endangered tuatara – Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on April 22nd, 2015.

The Dominion Post‘s Olivia Wannan looks at how sequencing DNA from the tuatara could help conservationists develop a better way to bring it back from the brink of extinction. Olivia is a finalist in the Reporter Science and Technology category for this year’s Canon Media Awards. An excerpt (read the story in full here): Forget animal attraction – the perfect mate for […]

Tuatara’s distant relative also survived asteroid

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2014.

New fossils from South America overturn the current thinking that the tuatara was the only species of its kind to survive a catastrophic asteroid impact millions of years ago. Often referred to as a ‘living fossil’, New Zealand’s tuatara was believed to be the only species of its kind – called rhynchocephalians – to survive […]

Should we move species threatened by climate change?

John Kerr posted in on October 18th, 2013.

From the Conversation. Republished here under creative commons licence. By Tracy Rout, University of Melbourne; Doug Armstrong, Massey University; Eve McDonald-Madden, CSIRO; Hugh Possingham; Nicola Mitchell, University of Western Australia, and Tara Martin, CSIRO Climate change is one of the greatest threats the world’s animals and plants are facing. In fact the world is facing […]

Tuatara teeth ‘saw’ food apart

John Kerr posted in on May 31st, 2012.

The tuatara, an iconic New Zealand reptile, chews its food in a way unlike any other animal on the planet – challenging the widespread perception that complex chewing ability is closely linked to high metabolism. Using a sophisticated computer model, scientists from UCL and the University of Hull demonstrate how the tuatara is able to […]

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Dom Post: Tuatara babies keep hatchers guessing

Peter Griffin posted in on May 13th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about 8 tuatara eggs, the first found at Wellington Zoo in over 20 years, which are on the verge of hatching. Tuatara are extremely difficult to breed, and the eggs are currently being kept in an incubator to give them the best chance of hatching safely. An excerpt: […]

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