Thursday, November 11, 2010

New to science, not to Vietnamese diners.

New Self-Cloning Lizard Found in Vietnam Restaurant:

Vietnamese lizard. via National Geographic.

You could call it the surprise du jour: A popular food on Vietnamese menus has turned out to be a lizard previously unknown to science, scientists say.

What's more, the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards ...

'The Vietnamese have been eating these for time on end,' said herpetologist L. Lee Grismer of La Sierra University in Riverside, California, who helped identify the animal.
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