Rare Lizard Tail 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: 13 mm long, 9 mm across, Inclusion: 8 mm (curve measure)

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA28

Price: $950.00

Lizard Tail 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 consists of most of the tail of a diminutive example. Many modern lizards are capable of autotomy, the shedding of the tail as a means of escaping predators. Perhaps that trait was present some 100 million years ago. Notice the detailed scale. It is seen here in association with a tiny mite (lower right of top left photo below).

Also see: Rare Assassin Spider,  Phamatodea (Waliking Stck) , Scorpion and Lizard Skin in Cretaceous Amber.

Reference: Reference: Sci Adv. 4 March 2016, 8 pages.

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Note mite on lower right.

Lizard Tail in Burmite Cretaceous Amber

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