Evolutionary Research in the Aegean

Mainland Greece and the thousands of offshore islands of the Aegean are an ideal place to study how evolution shapes isolated animal populations. Millions of years ago, when sea levels were lower than they are today, the islands of the Aegean were part of the mainland, and the entire region shared a similar variety of lizard predators. Today, those predators include mammals such as foxes and jackals, as well as vipers and birds such as hawks, falcons, crows and ravens.

Johannes Foufopoulos (Photo), an assistant professor at School of Natural Resources and Environment of the University of Michigan (see picture), has worked on the evolutionary research, using some 15 lizard species for his study on lizards in Greece and the Aegean islands.

University of Athens- Faculty of Biology: Physiology of Original and Regenerated Tails in Aegean Wall Lizard

(Posting date 06 April 2009)

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