The complete fossil of a 23 million-year-old lizard has been discovered preserved in a piece of amber.
While it isn't the first such discovery, this particular find is rare because the lizard is so well preserved and still has its soft tissues and skin. Only one other specimen of this species has ever been found in amber and it was so incomplete and little could be determined from it. Experts are set to study this new find in an effort to learn as much as possible about it.
Creatures become preserved in amber when they get stuck in tree sap which then solidifies, trapping them for millions of years. Most finds of this nature are of insects, the oldest specimen ever found is from a species of mite which lived 230 million years ago.
"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."
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Source: Nature World News
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