LITTLE BIG GUY
Good things come in small packages.
Meet the tiniest reptile, brookesia micra,
a chameleon that fits on your fingertip,
just found on Nosy Hara, an islet
off the north coast of Madagascar.
At one time, islands like Madagascar
also had giant animals. But it was the
littlest animals who survived over a million years.
The big animals went extinct, while little ones survived.
Big species were vulnerable because
they require big habitats and they were hunted by humans.
Small species require relatively few resources
and very little space.
(A lesson for survival.)
Here's the jungle where they survive and prosper.
(Photos: PLoS ONE Magazine)