23-million-year-old lizard fossil discovered in Mexico

A 23-million-year-old complete fossil of a lizard was discovered by scientists in Mexico. The fossil contains soft tissues of the new species of the genus Anolis that were preserved in amber.

The find is "a complete and articulated animal that also preserves remains of soft tissue and skin," Francisco Riquelme of the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Physics Institute told Efe.

The trapezoid-shaped specimen measures at approximately 1.8 inches by .5 inches and is on display at the Amber Museum in San Cristobal de las Casas.

The fossil was found several months ago in the Simojovel amber deposits of the northern part of the southeastern state of Chiapas.

Remains of plants and animals are commonly found entombed in amber, however, it is rare to find complete skeletons such as the lizard.

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