Dresser monitor lizards gain protective armor with age

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Chest lizards gain protective armor with age. This mechanism is not available for younger individuals.

It turned out that these reptiles have a natural pattern that only becomes available with age. Specialists have long studied Komodo’s monitor lizards – strong, fast, dangerous lizards.

It turns out that these reptiles grow protective armor with age. The armor of adult lizards is represented by skin ossifications, which are located in the mesodermal layer of the skin.

The presence of subcutaneous protection made researchers wonder why monitor lizards generally need it in conditions of complete safety. It is possible to defend against relatives.

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