NEW FOSSIL PHOTOS: "Graceful Weasel," Jewel Bug, More

 NEW FOSSIL PHOTOS:
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Seeming to crawl from under a blanket of shale, the fossil of a well-preserved lizard found in Germany has been shown to be an ancient relative of venomous Gila monsters. Modern day Gila monsters are found only in the deserts of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico.

The fossil reptile lived about 47 million years ago near a volcanic lake surrounded by a rich diversity of wildlife. Researchers with the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, who examined the fossil, say that canals in its teeth suggest the primitive creature was already producing venom.
— Photograph courtesy Senckenberg Research Institute
 
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