In a twist of evolution, researchers at the University of Canberra have determined that when exposed to higher temperatures, male dragon lizards genetically morph into females.

The discovery was made by conducting internal experiments, through which males were expsoed to higher temperatures. The transitioned female lizards were even able to lay more eggs than lizards who were born female.

This transition, although observed in controlled environments, has now been observed in nature, as temperatures climb.

The findings were detailed in the journal Nature.

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