New species of reptile from 23 million years ago

New species of reptile from 23 million years ago

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Mexican scientists are studying a little lizard that lived 23 million years ago and that, thanks to being trapped in amber, it is still preserved in a complete state and with remains of its soft skin.

This piece was found in the Simojovel sites, located at north of the southeastern state of Chiapas, several months ago. The specimen is being studied by paleontologists from UNAM and has been identified as a new species of the genus Anolis. In general, amber tends to enclose parts of plants or animals, which makes this case even more interesting as it houses the complete structure of the animal.

The genus Anolis includes lizards and reptiles of which some are still alive in tropical areas. In this case the small vertebrate that has been called "Moon”Measures around 4.5 by 1.3 centimeters and, with it, they are already three saurians that have been found during the last ten years in Chiapas.

Thanks to its sticky structure, amber has trapped many organisms allowing reconstructions and studies on their biological relationships. In the Amber Museum of Chiapas a multitude of specimens are exhibited, ranging from insects, spiders, mosses, to water, crustaceans or fungi.

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