New 99 Million-Year Old Fossils from Myanmar and the Origin of Chameleons

amber2A recent paper in Science Advances by Daza et al. reported on 12 amber lizard fossils from Myanmar. First author Juan Daza provided an author’s view of the paper two days ago, but I thought I’d add a little more–mostly some cool visuals and links to reporting in the press–here. Particularly notable were a specimen that appears to be on the evolutionary way to becoming a chameleon and gecko with different toepad structures. You can read nice summaries of the articles in the Christian Science Monitor and the BBC.  Anoles even make an appearance in the nifty figure summarizing what we know about fossil amber lizards (more on amber anole fossils).

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About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

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