Story: Evolution of plants and animals

Common green geckos

Common green geckos

These newly born common green geckos (Naultinus elegans) were incubated as eggs inside their mother, an adaptation to living in a relatively cool climate. Most gecko species in other parts of the world lay eggs. Geckos are thought to have been on New Zealand when it broke away from Gondwana, 85 million years ago. DNA research indicates that New Zealand’s 37 gecko species all evolved from a common ancestor that lived 25–35 million years ago. Since then, they have radiated into many different habitats.

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Matt McGlone, 'Evolution of plants and animals - Radiations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007