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Monitor lizards breathe by taking in air that flows through their lungs in a one-way loop — a pattern of breathing that may have originated 270 million years ago in the ancestral group that gave rise to dinosaurs, and eventually alligators and birds.
No. Snakes are just the most successful of the many reptile lineages that went limbless, radiating over time into roughly 3,000 species that have exploited nearly every available habitat, from the treetops to the open ocean to the ground beneath our feet.
The Pinocchio lizard has a long protuberance from its nose and is one of the rarest reptiles in Ecuador, once thought to be extinct. But a team has found and photographed the lizard after searching for three years.