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Global effects of land use on local terrestrial biodiversity
Human activities, especially conversion and degradation of habitats, are causing global biodiversity declines. How local ecological assemblages are responding is less clear—a concern given theirExpand
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Are lizards feeling the heat? A tale of ecology and evolution under two temperatures
Aim Temperature influences most components of animal ecology and life history ‐ but what kind of temperature? Physiologists usually examine the influence of body temperatures, while biogeographersExpand
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Coral snakes predict the evolution of mimicry across New World snakes
Batesian mimicry, in which harmless species (mimics) deter predators by deceitfully imitating the warning signals of noxious species (models), generates striking cases of phenotypic convergence thatExpand
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The global distribution of tetrapods reveals a need for targeted reptile conservation
The distributions of amphibians, birds and mammals have underpinned global and local conservation priorities, and have been fundamental to our understanding of the determinants of globalExpand
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Sex determination, longevity, and the birth and death of reptilian species
Abstract Vertebrate sex‐determining mechanisms (SDMs) are triggered by the genotype (GSD), by temperature (TSD), or occasionally, by both. The causes and consequences of SDM diversity remainExpand
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Late bloomers and baby boomers: ecological drivers of longevity in squamates and the tuatara
Aim Longevity is an important life-history trait, directly linked to the core attributes of fitness (reproduction and survival), yet large-scale comparative studies quantifying its implications forExpand
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The geography of snake reproductive mode: a global analysis of the evolution of snake viviparity
Aim : Although most reptiles are oviparous, viviparity is a commonmode of reproduction in squamates and has evolved multiple times in different lineages.We test two prevailing hypotheses regardingExpand
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Length–mass allometry in snakes
Body size and body shape are tightly related to an animal's physiology, ecology and life history, and, as such, play a major role in understanding ecological and evolutionary phenomena. BecauseExpand
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Using Wikipedia page views to explore the cultural importance of global reptiles
Abstract Modern conservation operates at the nexus of biological and social influences. While the importance of social and cultural factors is often mentioned, defining, measuring and comparing theseExpand
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Power in numbers. Drivers of high population density in insular lizards
Aim Islands organisms usually have fewer predator and competitor species than mainland ones. This is thought to result in high population densities on islands. We hypothesize that insular lizardsExpand
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