Intact Lizard Fossil Found in Hunk of Amber

amber fossilScientists have discovered the fully intact skeleton of a 23 million year-old lizard in a hunk of amber:

Mexican scientists are currently examining a complete fossil of a lizard that has remained entombed in a chunk of amber for some 23 million years, according to a recent report in La Jornada en Linea.

Mexican scientists are currently examining a complete fossil of a lizard that has remained entombed in a chunk of amber for some 23 million years, according to a recent report in La Jornada en Linea.

The amber encasing the vertebrate is approximately 1.8 inches by .5 inches, Fox reports, and while the discovery does not mark the first time an Anolis lizard was found preserved in ancient reisn, scientists believe it may be the first of its kind in other ways: found in the Simojovel amber deposits of the northern part of the southeastern state of Chiapas, the creature was preliminarily identified as representing a new species of the genus Anolis.

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  • DeepCough

    Oh, good, it’s not a velociraptor.

  • InfvoCuernos

    That’s certainly not going to draw the crowds to Jurassic Park.

  • Manic Doodlings

    Amber? Someone better call Walter Bishop!

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