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DNA has revealed the origin of this giant ‘mystery’ gecko ...
By Rainforest Trust - June 20, 2023
A lizard called Delcourt’s giant gecko has long been one of herpetology’s biggest mysteries. Presumed extinct, the animal is by far the largest gecko known to have crawled the Earth, measuring at least 600 millimeters from snout to tail tip. The only example scientists have of the gecko is a single museum specimen, preserved in the 19th century with no notes. Now, DNA reveals that the colossal lizard belongs to a group of New Caledonian “diplodactylid” geckos, researchers report June 19 in Scientific Reports.

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