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Monitoring the Many Faces of Monitors

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Darren Naish Varanids

Modern Varanid Diversity © Darren Naish

Artist: Darren Naish
Source: Monitor musings, varanid variables, goannasaurian goings-on… it’s about monitor lizards, by Darren Naish on Tetrapod Zoology

If you’re not a herpetologist, you may be of the mindset that lizards all look the same, but that would only expose you for what you are: a human primate, finely attuned to the faces of other human primates and not so attuned to lizard looks. Paleozoologist Darren Naish, however, is spending a good deal of time capturing the distinguishing details of a carefully selected sampling of the world’s living monitor lizards (and putting them on t-shirts). With over 77 extant species and counting, this illustration only captures a handful. But for us humans, perhaps a handful is enough.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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