Describing a new species can take years and years and years to do. Species are often studied on a myriad of subjects before they can be considered a new one. One study here shows what may be a new way of thinking in the process of evolution and eludes the typical theory of species evolving over time.
This article describes a few theories that reptile genetics might follow including parthenogenesis, how new parthenogenetic species might be created, and how they figured that this new hybrid lizard can be considered an actual new species. What do you think about that? Can a hybrid be considered a new species? Or perhaps a sub-species? If so, would you only consider a naturally-occuring hybrid to be a new species or would a laboratory generated hybrid fit the bill?
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.