July 13, 2018
This is a story about timing. Specifically, how the Sonoran Desert's most mysterious creatures delay leaving the nest until there's a good food supply waiting for them. An ASU study was boosted by the lucky discovery of one particular nest of Gila monsters, those shy black-and-orange desert-dwellers famous for being poisonous. They were unearthed at the right time, by the right person, and in a series of fortunate events, science scored.