The combination of resin-secreting trees and the rich, nurturing environment of the tropics have made Myanmar a goldmine—or ambermine—for the study of ancient life. To entirely entomb even the teeniest of tropical lizards, Cretaceous trees were probably belching up a lot of soft, sticky amber, explains McCoy. With so much free-flowing resin, this little lizard may yet find a friend.

“I think there’s definitely a chance we’ll find more specimens,” McCoy says.

Though don’t expect clones of this mini-lizard to be walking the earth anytime soon: Contrary to what Jurassic Park might have you believe, DNA is far too fragile to survive 100 million years—even in the most perfectly preserved of amber prisons.

Endnote: The original fossil will reside in Switzerland in a private collection. However, Daza and his team 3D-printed replicas, blown up to 10 times the specimen’s original size. The replicas will be publicly accessible at Florida’s Museum of Natural History and Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

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