Real-life Jurassic Park Alert: 23 million-year-old lizard found perfectly preserved in a chunk of amber

If you actually re-watch Steve Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, you’ll notice that the special effects in the movie are still on-par with some of the greatest we’ve seen in Hollywood. However the actual technology in the movie is pretty primitive. These guys were using old-school Apple Macintosh Quadra 700s to prevent hundreds of dinosaurs from escaping a poorly designed park. That’s your problem right there — never depend on an Apple product when a PC could do the job more effectively and for a reduced price. There’s actually an entire website dedicated to identifying computers in movies — a website that you will undoubtedly spend hours of your life on in the immediate future.

According to a report from Mexico’s La Jornada en Linea, scientists have discovered a new species of the anole lizard encased in a shard of amber for 23 million years. This is only the second anole lizard found entombed in amber, and it appears the first one was so incomplete that little could be extracted. Fransisco Riquelme of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Physics Institute states this specimen is “a complete and articulated animal that also preserves remains of soft tissue and skin.”

Of course we all know that not only does this discovery bring us closer to creating humanity’s first ‘Jurassic Park,’ but also that we’re all decedents of intergalactic shape-shifting reptilians — or something. Check out the pic from La Jornda of the 23 million-year-old lizard.

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