COOL IMAGES: Leather Look

Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1323
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1323a

This little fellow (Chamaeleo ellioti), a young chameleon who hails from Rwanda, is one of a slew of images linked to the Web's biggest reptile taxonomic database. Zoologist turned yeast geneticist Peter Uetz started the project in 1995 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, after concluding that “old-fashioned taxonomy is much neglected, compared to molecular biology,” in studying life. Besides leading to photos of more than 1000 species, the EMBL Reptile Database serves up taxonomic information (such as synonyms and distribution) for nearly all 7900 or so living species in the Reptilia class—from crocs to pit vipers and threatened leatherback turtles.

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