Tiny Lizards Reveal Big Secrets about Life on Earth in Smithsonian Channel's "Laws of the Lizard"

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21 December 2018
Laws of the Lizard
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"Laws of the Lizard"
Premieres Wednesday, December 26 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
          Biologists and wildlife filmmakers Nate Dappen and Neil Losin launch a year-long adventure in search of the secrets of an unassuming reptile in Smithsonian Channel’s LAWS OF THE LIZARD. Dappen and Losin travel to remote forests and tiny islands across the Caribbean and Latin America to uncover how a tiny reptile can reveal the fundamental rules of nature – what they call the “laws of the lizard.”

Laws of the Lizard
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          LAWS OF THE LIZARD tells the story of this tiny six-inch lizard found across the American tropics. Along with Washington University professor and godfather of modern anole research Jonathan Losos, Dappen and Losin investigate the astonishing evolution of this tiny creature – how anoles have followed the same evolutionary paths in different ecosystems, the sheer speed at which anoles can evolve to thrive on fast-changing islands and the surprising adaptations they have used to conquer new environments – including one species’ never-before-filmed ability to breathe underwater. They also capture the first footage ever taken of a bizarre new species of anole discovered in the Dominican Republic.

          Anoles are helping scientists answer questions they have been asking for generations: How do animals adapt to different environments, and how fast can evolution happen? With thousands of studies published in the last 50 years, anoles may be one of the most intensively studied wild animals in the world, and they are unlocking secrets to some of life’s biggest mysteries. LAWS OF THE LIZARD shows how the humble anole is helping scientists decipher the past, present and future of life on Earth. 


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