It's not every day I add a new fossil to my museum or another reptile to my collection... So today I did both!
This is a REAL lizard trapped in Dominican amber! This ~40 million year old critter was excavated in the La Toca Mine and was encased alongside a number of insects and plant fragments that shared its ecosystem.
This will be on display at the Prehistoria Natural History Centre (#PNHC) and will undergo plenty of further study to determine species and exact anatomy. Lizards are incredibly rare in terms of amber inclusions and our new specimen may be able to provide new insights into the evolutionary history of modern reptiles or the La Toca ecosystem.