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July 7, 2021

New species of lizard preserved in amber

Amber preserved the complete skull, partial skeleton, soft tissue and scales of a new species of unusual lizard known as Oculudentavis naga, as well as inclusions of numerous insects of various sizes.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants DEB 1657656 and DBI 1701714.]

Learn more in the Florida Museum of Natural History story Study presents new species of bizarre, extinct lizard previously misidentified as a bird. (Date image taken: 2019-2021; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 7, 2021)

Credit: Adolf Peretti, Peretti Museum Foundation, and GRS Gemresearch Swisslab AG, Meggen, Switzerland

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