Weta Working on Robotic Lizard For Science

The tuatara, which is both related to lizards and snakes, is one of the planet’s oldest reptile species. It’s been living in New Zealand for about 200 million years. Scientists still don’t know much about their behavior, so they’ve asked Weta Workshop, a Wellington-based company known for its work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, to build a robotic male tuatara. It is equipped with cameras which will help the researchers to discover how real male tuatara attract and keep females. The goal is to help conservation managers to the genetically fittest, most productive males — via Slashdot

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