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The animal on the cover of RESTful Web Services Cookbook is a great fringed lizard or Hatteria punctata. Hatteria, more commonly known as tuatara, are endemic to New Zealand; “tuatara” is a native Maori word meaning “peaks on back” (referring to their spiky, or fringed, spines). The name “great fringed lizard” is a misnomer; though they resemble common lizards, tuatara are quite different anatomically, and, unlike lizards, they’re nocturnal and enjoy cool weather. Misclassified as lizards by the British Museum in 1831, tuatara were reclassified by zoologist Albert Günther in 1867 as Rhynchocephala, an order from which many Mesozoic fossil species are known. In fact, some scientists refer to these reptiles, the only living representative of Rhynchocephala, as “living fossils.”


  

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