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only extant member of the order Rhynchocephalia of large spiny lizard-like diapsid reptiles of coastal islands off New Zealand

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Scientists say there are currently about 50,000 to 60,000 tuatara, but that the little dinosaurs may find themselves able to breed only in laboratories if temperatures continue to climb.
An eater of insects, the slow-moving tuatara can live more than 100 years.
The easiest way for the tuatara to survive would be for nesting female tuatara to change their behavior and modify the areas where they nest, such as laying eggs deeper in the soil," Moore says.
The Department of Conservation wants to airdrop millions of pellets of rat poison on the island to kill the tens of thousands of Kiore it believes are threatening the existence of endemic animals such as the Tuatara lizard and the Giant Weta insect.
The wines -- a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir -- are named after an endangered reptile, the Tuatara, which is found only on 30 tiny offshore islands in New Zealand.
Paleontological and morphological studies place turtles as either evolving from the ancestor of all reptiles or as evolving from the ancestor of snakes, lizards, and tuataras.
Turtles have been an enigmatic vertebrate group for a long time and morphological studies placed them as either most closely related to the ancestral reptiles, that diverged early in the reptile evolutionary tree, or as closer to lizards, snakes, and tuataras," said Crawford.
By showing that turtles are closely related to crocodiles and birds (Archosaurs) than lizards, snakes and tuatara (Lepidosaurs), the study by a team of Boston University researchers has challenged previous anatomical and Paleontological assessments.
The study is the first genomic-scale analysis, addressing the Phylogenetic position of turtles, using over 1000 loci from representatives of all major reptile lineages which includes tuatara (lizard-like reptiles found only in New Zealand).
Washington, July 30 (ANI): A new research by scientists has named mammals and many species of birds and fish as evolution's "winners", while crocodiles, alligators and a reptile cousin of snakes known as the tuatara are among the "losers".
The tuatara, which lives in New Zealand and resembles lizards has only two species.
In the same period of time that produced more than 8,000 species of snakes and lizards, there were only two species of tuatara," Alfaro said.