Data from: What doesn’t kill you might make you stronger: functional basis for variation in body armour

Chris Broeckhoven, Genevieve Diedericks & Pieter Le Fras N. Mouton
1. Predation has been proposed to be a selective agent in the evolution of morphological antipredator strategies in prey. Among vertebrates, one of the morphological traits that evolved multiple times is body armour, including carapaces, thickened keratinized scales and plates of dermal bone. 2. It has been generally assumed that body armour provides protection against a predatory attack; yet, few explicit tests of the hypothesis exist. Cordylidae, a relatively small family of southern African lizards,...
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