Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Are tuataras special?
I found an article in the New York Times about a cool reptile, the tuatara, which is endemic to New Zealand. Though it looks like a lizard, cladistic analyses have revealed that tuataras are not, in fact, in the same group as lizards and snakes, but rather they are a last surviving member of an ancient group of reptiles. Read the article, and if interested, do a bit of perusing to learn more about tuataras. Based on the article, our class conversations, and your own prior knowledge and values, do you think that a species like the tuatara should receive special priority in terms of conservations efforts? Why or why not?