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Extinction Countdown

Rare discovery indicates hope for Yangtze alligators

Just 120 Yangtze alligators (Alligator sinensis) remain in the wild in China, making them the world’s most endangered crocodilian species. But now field researchers have higher hopes for the survival of the species, after finding that it is not only extending its habitat but also successfully breeding. The survey team found alligator tracks in areas [...]

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Observations

Breathtaking: Alligators breathe like birds, underscoring an ancient link–and possibly a survival strategy

alligator bird dinosaur breathing lungs

Avian dinosaurs—aka birds—have a streamlined way of breathing. Instead of sending air in and out of tiny sacs in the lungs like some other animals do, their breath flows in a single direction through a series of tubes. A new study reveals that birds are not alone in this adaptation: alligators also rely on this [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds

Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) at Madras Crocodile Bank, Tamil Nadu, India, with sticks on its head. What's going on here? Read on. Photo by Vladinir Dinets, from Dinets et al. (2013). Used with permission.

In recent years it has – I really, really hope – become better known that non-bird reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and so on) are not boring dullards, but behaviourally complex creatures that get up to all sorts of interesting things. Play behaviour, complex social interactions, gaze recognition, pair-bonding and monogamy, social hunting, speedy [...]

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