A recent discovery that was shared with us shows a gecko looking like it is still alive after it was found trapped inside amber that is around 54 million years old.
The image that we are talking about was shared on Twitter and the world went nuts because the gecko was looking like it was still alive.
The image had the caption of: “This Gecko has been trapped in amber for 54 million years”
This Gecko has been trapped in amber for 54 million years pic.twitter.com/ZySrBW9wZJ
— Museum Archive (@ArtifactsHub) September 26, 2020
The gecko fossil was nothing like we had ever seen in life.
Not only us, but everyone who saw the fossil said the same thing, even Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, said: “That species has stood the test of time.”
That species has stood the test of time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 26, 2020
The discovery was made by Aaron M Bauer, from the Department of Biology at Villanova University, Wolfgang Bohme from Museum Alexander Koenig, and Wolfgang Weitschat from the University of Hamburg in the year 2004.
Despite being that old, images of the gecko were recently shared on social media and the images just show that we know very little of the world that we are living in today.
The papers that were published by the researchers revealed that the fossil of the gecko belongs to the Early Eocene epoch.
The Eocene Epoch or period lasted from 56 to 33.9 million years ago.
Researchers of the discovery said that the gecko was trapped in Baltic amber.
The gecko was discovered in North-Western Russia.
It is said that this fossil is the oldest gekkonid lizard.
It is also the most complete lizard to be ever found in the era.
The gecko that they found has fragmentary skeletal remains too.
The specimens of the gecko are so intact that they show characteristics that are not to be found in any living form geckos right now.
But the discovery shows that the scansors, which are the feet of a gecko, are similar to be the ones that could be found in current era geckos.
The discovery also proves one thing, which is geckos have been around on this planet for so long that they have seen a lot of the stuff nature has shown.
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