Anole Celebration of Darwin’s Day

Happy Darwin’s day everybody!

Darwin Day

This is the third serial year in which I have remembered Darwin Day in Anole Annals. In the first time, Jonathan Losos made a wise comment in citing the words of Darwin about an anole (read his comment here). That’s why, this year, I have added two pages from ‘The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex’ in which Darwin wrote about the sexual selection of Anolis cristatellus and Sitana.




 'The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex' page 32'The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex' page 33

John van Wyhe, ed. 2002- The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

3 thoughts on “Anole Celebration of Darwin’s Day

  1. Reptiles & Amphibians published Darwin’s chapter on sexual dimorphism in reptiles as a historical perspective in March 2013. If you go to the URL listed below, you can choose to either view a very low resolution image on the screen or download a higher resolution copy (I recommend the latter, since the article is nicely illustrated).

  2. Wow I had no idea that Darwin knew about Sitana! He’s at least partially responsible for perpetuating the myth that the colour on the throat-fan develops only in the breeding season. We still don’t know that for sure…

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