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LizardsWindows to the Evolution of Diversity$
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Eric Pianka

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234017

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234017.001.0001

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Lizards and Humans

Lizards and Humans

(p.281) Chapter 15 Lizards and Humans

Eric R. Pianka

Laurie J. Vitt

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the importance of lizards and their role in human culture, art, and folklore. Lizards have been woven into human culture throughout our evolutionary history. Lizards, most likely iguanas and spiny-tailed iguanas, were sacrificed in some Mayan rituals and thus held special significance. The Anasazi, Hohokam, Mimbres, and Mogollon Native American cultures used horned lizard images on pottery, petroglyphs, effigy bowls, figures, and shells. The chapter also discusses the collection, exportation, or sale of lizards and the impact of large-scale harvesting in the long term. Finally, the chapter discusses efforts to protect and conserve endangered lizards.

Keywords:   culture, medicine, art, folklore, iguanas, Mayan rituals, Native American cultures, endangered lizards

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