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Lizards and Life Sciences to broadcast on Canadian TV

A Canadian TV broadcaster visits Life Sciences lecturer Dr Anna Wilkinson to get up close and personal with our resident bearded dragons and tortoises. CBC will broadcast a feature on Dr Wilkinson’s work looking into the cognition of cold-blooded animals. The programme will air in Canada later in the year, however we...

Competition launched to name University of Lincoln tortoise

The University of Lincoln, UK, has welcomed three new arrivals to its growing family of red-footed tortoises – and would like the public’s help in naming one. Donated by the tortoise, terrapin and turtle care and conservation charity British Chelonia Group, the tortoises were in need of a happy...

First evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation

New research has for the first time provided evidence that reptiles could be capable of social learning through imitation. The ability to acquire new skills through the ‘true imitation’ of others’ behaviour is thought to be unique to humans and advanced primates, such as chimpanzees. Scientists draw an important...

Tortoises master touchscreen technology

Tortoises have learned how to use touchscreens as part of a study which aimed to teach the animals navigational techniques. The research, which was led by Dr Anna Wilkinson, from the School of Life Sciences, involved red-footed tortoises, which are native to Central and South America. The brain structure...

University team hatches tortoises

Two tortoises have been successfully hatched at the University of Lincoln, UK. Geoff and Ludwig are the latest additions to the family of Red-footed tortoises living at the University’s Riseholme Campus. Dr Anna Wilkinson, from the School of Life Sciences, is excited about the arrival of the baby reptiles...