Data from: On dangerous ground: the evolution of body armour in cordyline lizards

Chris Broeckhoven, Yousri El Adak, Cang Hui, Raoul Van Damme & Theodore Stankowich
Animal body armour is often considered an adaptation that protects prey against predatory attacks, yet comparative studies that link the diversification of these allegedly protective coverings to differential predation risk or pressure are scarce. Here, we examine the evolution of body armour, including spines and osteoderms, in Cordylinae, a radiation of southern African lizards. Using phylogenetic comparative methods, we attempt to identify the ecological and environmental correlates of body armour that may hint at the...
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