RUM researchers create the most complete evolutionary tree of lizards and snakes

A study by researchers from Department of Biology Mayagüez University Campus (RUM) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR)and published in the prestigious scientific journal “Science”, produced the most complete evolutionary tree of snakes and lizards, reported the press office of the university institution.

The statement maintains that the investigation was led by the Dr. Timothy J. Colstonassociate professor of the Department of Biology and director of the RUM Genomic Resources Collectionwho is also one of the co-authors of the recently published article.

Along with Colston, the doctors Daniel Rabosky, from the University of Michiganand the doctor Pascal Title of Stony Brooks University in NYwere part of the investigative effort.

Likewise, it was indicated that much of the extensive research work was carried out in the laboratory of the Dr. Robert Alexander Pyron at George Washington University in Washington D.C.using samples from the Genomic Resources Collection of the UPR's Mayagüez campus, which includes species from Ethiopia, Mexico, Colombia and Guyana.