Life Lines

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Image Source: PLoS One

A new tiny species of chameleon (Brookesia micra) was recently discovered in Madagascar. The scientists who discovered the animal speculate that it is likely at the lower limit of size for a vertebrate with complex eyes. Shown in the image above is a juvenile.

At a little over half an inch, the chameleon loses out on being considered the world’s tiniest vertebrate. This record is currently held by a recently discovered teeny frog (equally adorable at an average length of 0.3 inches) that was found in a pile of leaves in Papua New Guinea. You can see a photo of the frog here.

Source:
Scientific American

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Comments

  1. #1 Kamandanu
    February 24, 2012

    I really like the post-post that is in your Blog. Greetings!

  2. #2 Kate S
    February 24, 2012

    Really impressive. Not a strange thing that is has just been discovered now – it’s easy to miss it ;-)

  3. #3 Jenn (Glynne's Soaps)
    February 24, 2012

    Fascinating! I agree with Kate….easy to miss.

  4. #4 wouldntyouliketoknow
    February 27, 2012

    Kind of surprising you didn’t mistake it for a nose booger… I would have already smashed it in my Kleenex.