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A lizard that generates heat

Birds and mammals generate heat to regulate body temperature, but most non-avian reptiles cannot. The discovery of endothermy during the reproductive period of a tegu lizard sheds light on the evolution of this characteristic.

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Figure 1: Thermal strategies during reproduction.

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Farmer, C. A lizard that generates heat. Nature 529, 470–472 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/529470a

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