February 19, 2012

day two-hundred-and-ninety-three - brookesia micra

i don't know the common name for these guys but basically brookesia micra = tiny chameleon!

the tiniest in fact

© jem barratt

obviously they're not this colour, and actually they're not even life-size. in reality they could fit on a match head.

so tiny, and yet so surly.

these guys, and four other types of tiny-leons, were discovered recently, although i can't for the life of me figure out how anyone could have seen them! the extreme tininess may be due to the limited resources on madagascar. so should we steal almost all of madagascar's food and natural resources to try to make tiny lemurs too? i say yes.


p.s. how weird does the word 'tininess' look? it's not immediately obvious that it refers to being super tiny, but maybe tinny instead. i say we defy conventions and spell it with a y, so as to avoid any future confusion. good chat. see you at the next "p.s. spelling meeting" in march

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