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    Pink Iguana That Darwin Missed Holds Evolutionary Surprise
    By Alexis Madrigal January 05, 2009 | 3:25:25 PMCategories: Animals, Evolution

    For iguanas, it turns out that it's not easy being pink, either.

    Biologists report that a rare type of pink iguana found on a single volcano in the Galapagos Islands is a genetically-distinct species from its green cousins — and that it's probably critically endangered.

    "This form, which we recognize as a good species, is very important because it carries substantial evolutionary legacy," the authors of a new paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences wrote. "Thus far the rosada form is the only evidence of deep diversification along the Galapagos land iguana lineage."

    Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos islands in 1835 but didn't make it to the northernmost volcano, Volcan Wolf, which is the lone habitat for these pink lizards. Later travelers and scholars also seem to have missed or failed to report the curiously striped creature until 1986 when some Galapagos National Park rangers spotted the animals. Still, no scientists had looked into whether they represented a distinct species until now.

    What they found was surprising. Instead of being some slight variation on the Galapagos iguana theme, the pink lizards represent a distinct and early branch of the genetic tree. The genomic analysis of the species suggests that they broke from other iguanas about five million years ago, much deeper in history than most other Galapagos species, like Darwin's finches. In addition to the genetic differences, the pink iguanas also perform the characteristic mating ritual "head-bob" differently.

    The iguana and other animals on Volcan Wolf are threatened by an "invasion of feral goats" that are devastating the area's natural flora.

    In the interest of preserving this genetic diversity, the biologists wrote that "a conservation program aimed at evaluating the risk of extinction of this newly recognized species," should be initiated. They estimate that the iguana could already by termed "critically endangered."
    I love this because this is an Iguana that has lived on the Galapagos for a few million years. Scientists have been swarming down to the Galapagos since Darwin in 1835. They just find it last year. It's a desert island. Not thickly forested with jungles or Mangrove swamps, just barren rock. Every year ship pull into the Galapagos and hundreds of biologists, herbologists and geologists poor onto the islands and yet none of them went to this one location in all of that time.

    It's a friggin' island.

    Not the Pacific North West.
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    A Pink Iguana?

    That's Grenadine, light cream, and tequila over ice, isn't it?







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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    I love this one:

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    I love this because this is an Iguana that has lived on the Galapagos for a few million years. Scientists have been swarming down to the Galapagos since Darwin in 1835. They just find it last year. It's a desert island. Not thickly forested with jungles or Mangrove swamps, just barren rock. Every year ship pull into the Galapagos and hundreds of biologists, herbologists and geologists poor onto the islands and yet none of them went to this one location in all of that time.

    It's a friggin' island.

    Not the Pacific North West.
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    kewl! I had a crazy iguana experience in Puerto Rico in Nov...but the one that fell out of the tree onto the chair beside me at the pool and almost made me pee my bikini was not pink ....
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    Richard Simmons left his dyed iguana there is what CNN is now reporting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffdiver View Post
    Richard Simmons left his dyed iguana there is what CNN is now reporting....
    Oh lawd..... that fool was on the Today Show yesterday - he scares me
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    I know, he's pissed cuz he just want Iggy Wiggy back and scientists keep fucking him over...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EVHgirl in Va View Post
    Oh lawd..... that fool was on the Today Show yesterday - he scares me
    So, did you change the channel, or did you sit there and watch...just like a train wreck?
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    Shit. The "pink" brigade is infiltrating everywhere.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    So, did you change the channel, or did you sit there and watch...just like a train wreck?
    He had Lisa Renna on at the same time and they were "dancing" on the sofa and he pulled hner leg up and OOOPS they had to blur out her crotch!

    So yes I couldn't stop watching...I was folding clothes in my family room at the time (that's my excuse)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVHgirl in Va View Post
    He had Lisa Renna on at the same time and they were "dancing" on the sofa and he pulled hner leg up and OOOPS they had to blur out her crotch!
    Ah damn, I wish I would have seen that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    I love this one:

    http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2...inkiguana.html



    I love this because this is an Iguana that has lived on the Galapagos for a few million years. Scientists have been swarming down to the Galapagos since Darwin in 1835. They just find it last year. It's a desert island. Not thickly forested with jungles or Mangrove swamps, just barren rock. Every year ship pull into the Galapagos and hundreds of biologists, herbologists and geologists poor onto the islands and yet none of them went to this one location in all of that time.

    It's a friggin' island.

    Not the Pacific North West.

    gives one hope that they may one day find the Sasquatch, huh?

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    I read another article recently, on Yahoo as I recall, that said this has been a banner year for the discovery of particularly anti-social species in South East Asia...to the tune of over a thousand fish, snails, frogs, and the like. I love hearing stories like this because in a lot of ways it makes me think the animals have been getting over the humans who think they know everything about everything. They've been kicking back for centuries and humans are just finding them.

    Human: (to new iguana) Hey, you're new around here!

    Iguana: not exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    Human: (to new iguana) Hey, you're new around here!

    Iguana: not exactly.
    That is exactly how i picture it happened..
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    I wonder if the pink ones taste any different than the green ones.......
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