I was lucky enough to add an outgroup to my monitor-lizard-hyoid-project sample while on a snake hunting trip in Trinidad. Why was I in Trinidad? Because herpetologist John Murphy is an extremely nice guy. John publishes extensively on the herpetofauna of Trinidad and Tobago and he prefers to use as many eyes as possible when scanning the roads and forests for wildlife. So, I was brought along to help search. In between field ventures, John had some business in the The Univerisity of the West Indies Zoology Museum and I tagged along and was productive in my own capacity. A win win!
The Univerisity of the West Indies Zoology Museum is in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Mike Rutherford is the righteous hombre/curator who allowed me to dissect this juvenile black and white tegu (Tupinambis teguixin).