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  • The butaan is closely related to the Komodo dragon.

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  • Daniel Bennett had been studying the butaan lizard for more than five years in the Philippines and was working towards a doctorate.

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  • The butaan is closely related to the komodo dragon, although it is extremely reclusive, so methods usually used to study the komodo are not suitable for the butaan.

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  • Daniel Bennett had collected 35 kilogrammes (77 pounds) of faeces of the rare butaan lizard during field work abroad, as part of his PhD research at Leeds University in northern England.

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  • Daniel Bennett has told Times Higher Education magazine that he had collected the dung in the Philippines while studying the rare butaan lizard, a relative of the Komodo dragon.

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  • Daniel Bennett had collected 35kg of faeces of the rare butaan lizard during field work abroad, as part of his PhD research at Leeds University in northern England.

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  • Daniel Bennett spent years gathering the faeces of the butaan lizard, above

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  • Daniel Bennett, who is doing his PhD research at Leeds University, was devastated on returning from the Philippines to find that the bags of dung about 35 kilograms (77 pounds) of the rare butaan lizard, which was unmarked, had been thrown out with the rubbish in a clear-out of his laboratory.

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  • "A British graduate student was left 'reeling' after his university threw out a bag of lizard excrement he had spent seven years collecting in the rainforests of the Philippines, he said on Friday. Daniel Bennett had collected 35 kilograms of faeces of the rare butaan lizard during field work abroad, as part of his PhD research at Leeds University in northern England.
    But he was devastated on returning from the Philippines to find that the bag, which was unmarked, had been thrown out with the rubbish in a clear-out of his laboratory. 'To some people it might have been just a bag of lizard shit,' he told Times Higher Education, which ran the story under the headline 'Oh crap, there goes my work.' 'But to me it represented seven years of painstaking work searching the rainforest with a team of reformed poachers to find the faeces of one of the world's largest, rarest and most mysterious lizards.'"
    - AFP, Student fuming over loss of lizard dung, abc.net.au, 7 Feb 2009.

    February 7, 2009