Two fossils dating back about a million years have been found in Myanmar. Scientists have predicted that with these bones it could become a new species of lizard.
These fossils after the Naga people are a new species named Oculudentavis naga (O. naga). These belong to the genus Oculudentavis khaungraae. I.e. a species previously thought to be the smallest bird or dinosaur.
In these two new models, scientists discovered its vital physical properties through the teeth attached to the jawbones and the soft tissues preserved in the amber. With its help, they identified that they may be a new type of lizard species. In a statement, Arnold Pollat, a leading researcher at the Spanish Institute of Cadillac de Palaeontology, Michael Crusafont, said, “This fossil initially confused all researchers because it did not resemble the existing species if it were a lizard.”
After the palaeontologists performed CT scans and analysed the data, they discovered that it contained mysterious animal scales. The teeth were directly attached to the jaw bone. Usually, the teeth of dinosaurs are attached to a socket. Not with the jaw bone. So these fossils do not fully reflect the dinosaur species. The researchers also found that its eye structure and lizard-like shoulder bones and hockey stick-shaped skull were similar to those of reptiles with teeth attached to the jawbone.
“We concluded that both specimens were similar enough to belong to the same genus, Oculudentavis, but a number of differences suggest that they represent separate species”, Bolet added.
This latest research was published in the journal Current Biology on June 14th. Similarly, in a study published in Nature in March 2020, scientists O. Cowgreens have been identified as hummingbird-sized dinosaurs. But in May 2020 the report on that research was withdrawn.
The team of scientists also found that the two samples began to decompose when taken safely. Reading about this fossil collection purchased by the gemologist Adolf Beretti in Myanmar revealed that this model was first noticed by ancient researchers. The Florida Museum of Natural History reported that the fossil was sold following ethical guidelines set by the Society for Vertebrate Poliology, as amber mining and sales in Myanmar have been linked to human rights abuses in the country.