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February 17, 2012

Tiny lizard discovered in Madagascar

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From National Post : "A new kind of chameleon, believed to be the smallest in the world, was discovered on the island of Madagascar. Brookesia micra, found by German and American biologists, has a body only 16 millimetres long, or 23 mm with its tail fully extended. It's so small that it's only about twice as long as a the head of a match."

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"It's one of four new species of chameleon discovered on the island, and scientists think its small size might be because of an extreme example of 'island dwarfism,' where creatures shrink in size due to a lack of resources on islands, reported National Geographic."

The juvenile is pictured.

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