Mystery of the Lizzards

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Mystery of the Lizards That Know the Way Home

­Anoles like this trunk-ground species make it back to their territory through all obstacles. Credit Manuel Leal

Call it the case of the homing lizards.

It’s a small mystery. No one of any species is murdered. But the central question is one that has prompted plenty of scientific research:

How do animals find their way home?

The lizards in this case are anoles— abundant, mostly small reptiles that thrive in the Caribbean. The species is Anolis gundlachi. The lead detective is Manuel Leal, a biologist at the University of Missouri. He has been studying the behavior of anoles for more than 20 years. Read more.