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In a photo provided by MUSE -- Science Museum, the fossil of Megachirella, a 240 million-year-old lizard, found in the Italian Alps.(NYT Photo)

A mysterious fossil points to the origins of lizards and snakes

By The New York Times | The New York Times
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2018 07:36 PM IST
In the journal Nature, an international team of scientists identified an animal, called Megachirella, as the earliest known ancestor of the squamates, the family containing lizards, snakes and wormlike amphisbaenians.
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