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Lizards vs Hurricanes ZdS#23

Series : Zeste de science

  • Description
  00:04:49  2018  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The Youtube channel Zeste de science explores all aspects of scientific research, proving that even the most complicated scientific facts can be explained in less than 5 minutes, and that even the most seemingly trivial events of everyday life, if thoroughly studied, can contribute to the biggest technological advances.
Episode 23: A team of researchers compared the physical features of a population of Caribbean lizards before and after the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. They found that hurricanes have a part in the natural selection of that species: only individuals with larger toepads and shorter hind legs survived. An experiment with a leaf blower helped them understand why those lizards survived and not the others.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : BELLO Léa (DIRCOM, CNRS, Paris )
Chief editor : BAKER Nicolas (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Director : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Scientific referent : HERREL AnthonyDONIHUE Colin
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of archive images, maps, photographs and animation.
Interviews (live sound). Music.
NotesScientific sources :
Anthony Herrel et Colin Donihue (MECADEV, UMR CNRS, MNHN)
MECADEV : Laboratoire Mécanismes Adaptatifs et Évolutions (INEE)
MNHN : Muséum National d'Histoires Naturelles


Only available for non-commercial distribution


France ; Central America

Technical Sheet
Item No.6635
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD