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Erosion of Lizard Diversity by Climate Change and Altered Thermal Niches
Global extinction projections were validated with local extinctions observed from 1975 to 2009 for regional biotas on four other continents, suggesting that lizards have already crossed a threshold for extinctions caused by climate change. Expand
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
The results provide the first analysis of the global conservation status and distribution patterns of reptiles and the threats affecting them, highlighting conservation priorities and knowledge gaps which need to be addressed urgently to ensure the continued survival of the world’s reptiles. Expand
Repeated Origin and Loss of Adhesive Toepads in Geckos
A multigene phylogeny of geckos is presented, including 107 of 118 recognized genera, and it is determined that adhesive toepads have been gained and lost multiple times, and remarkably, with approximately equal frequency. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships and limb loss in sub-Saharan African scincine lizards (Squamata: Scincidae).
Reconstructions of ancestral states for limb and digital characters show limited support for the reversal or gain of both digits and limbs, but conservative interpretation of the results suggest that limb loss is common, occurring multiple times throughout evolutionary history, and is most likely not reversible. Expand
Coming to America: multiple origins of New World geckos
The phylogenetic and biogeographical hypotheses presented here provide an historical framework to further pursue research on the diversification and assembly of the New World herpetofauna. Expand
Evidence for Gondwanan vicariance in an ancient clade of gecko lizards
A combination of divergence date estimates and dispersal-vicariance analysis informed a biogeographical scenario indicating that the split between the sphaerodactyl geckos and their African relatives coincided with the Africa/South America split and the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. Expand
Out of the blue: a novel, trans‐Atlantic clade of geckos (Gekkota, Squamata)
The relationships of this new clade to other major gekkotan groups, previous phylogenetic hypotheses regarding constituent members of this novel clade are evaluated, and the use of historically important morphological characters in gekKotan systematics as they relate to this novelClade are critically examined. Expand
Descriptions of seven new Cyrtodactylus (Squamata: Gekkonidae) with a key to the species of Myanmar (Burma)
Seven new species of the gekkonid lizard genus Cyrtodactylus are described on the basis of material collected by the Myanmar Herpetological Survey. These include four small to moderately sizedExpand
Between a rock and a hard polytomy: rapid radiation in the rupicolous girdled lizards (Squamata: Cordylidae).
This taxonomic reassessment divides the family into 10 genera, corresponding to these well-supported, monophyletic lineages, and shows short internodes and low support between the non-platysaur lineages are consistent with a rapid radiation event at the base of the viviparous cordylids. Expand
Phylogenetic relationships among gekkotan lizards inferred from C-mos nuclear DNA sequences and a new classification of the Gekkota
The hypothesis that the early cladogenesis of the Gekkota was associated with the split of Eastern Gondwanaland from Western GondWanaland is supported. Expand