Lizard Skin and Midge in Burmite Amber

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Amber

Squamata incertae sedis (Lizard)

Class Reptilia, Superorder Lepidosauria, Order Squamata


Class Insecta, Order Diptera, Family Chironomidae

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~ 100 million years ago)

Size: Amber: 10 mm long, 8 mm across, Skin Inclusion: 5 mm by 4 mm Midge: 7 mm overall

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA24

Price: $495.00

Lizard Skin and Midge in Burmite AmberDescription: Most fossil reptiles are known from mineralized, compressed examples. Occasionally a lizard was trapped in amber preserving much more detail. Typically they consist of a limb, tail, or skin as seen here. This one is most likely a section of shed skin that shows the scale pattern with remarkable fidelity. It is seen here in association with a Chironomid midge.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.

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