23-Million-Year-Old Lizard Fossil Trapped In Amber Discovered In Mexico
By Staff Writer | July 08, 2013 07:33 PM EDT
23-million-year-old complete fossil of a lizard trapped in amber was discovered by scientists in Mexico. It is a new species that has been entombed in the small piece of resin since prehistoric times.
Like Us on Facebook
The amber-trapped fossil of a lizard contains soft tissues of the new species of the genus Anolis and was found in Chiapas, Mexico in the the Simojovel amber deposits.
The 28-million-year-old lizard fossil, trapped in a fossilized amber deposit, is "a complete and articulated animal that also preserves remains of soft tissue and skin," Francisco Riquelme, who worked on the project at the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Physics Institute.
The lizard is approximately 1.8 inches by .5 inches and is trapped inside a trapezoid-shaped piece of amber sap.
The lizard fossil is on display at the Amber Museum in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.
Preliminary results found the lizard is part of a a new species of the genus Anolis. Anolis has nearly 400 species, and some can even change their color depending on their surroundings.
The date of the amber deposit was used to determine the approximate age of the ancient lizard fossil in amber. Carbot, director of Chiapas' Paleontology Museum, told press that the age of the amber where the lizard specimen was found dates back to at least 23 million years ago.
230 million-year-old mites discovered in northeastern Italy were the oldest animals found preserved in amber resin.
© 2014 KpopStarz. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Tagged : world news
Latest Photo Gallery
Concert / Event 12.21.14 | 10:57PM EST
2014 SBS Gayo Awards: EXO Wins Best Male Group, 2NE1 Receives Best Female Group, WINNER Selected As New Artist
EXO, 2NE1, Taeyang, Ailee, and WINNER were among the top award recipients at the 2014 SBS Gayo Awards
Weekly Wrap Up 12.20.14 | 08:17PM EST
A month by month rundown of all the major events in the world of K-pop: the accidents, the concert tours, the scandals, and relationships - 2014 certainly was an exciting year!
Editorial 12.20.14 | 08:16PM EST
Without a doubt, 2014 was one of the best years for Korean music releases to date. With tremendous variety, a steady stream of big-name featuring artists, and idols stepping out of their comfort zones, here are ten albums that represent the genre this year from Taeyang, WINNER, GOT7, EXO, 2NE1, Orange Caramel, and more.
Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 12.19.14 | 09:13AM EST
Former Nine Muses member Ryu Sera has released her first official music video since her departure from the idol girl group in June.