• Inform your house lizards that archaeologists have now found the ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes.
  • The fossil discovered from the Italian Alps mountains, was named Megachirella wachtleri, after researcher Mìchael Wachtler who discovered the specimen.
  • Using high-resolution microfocus X-ray computed tomography data, CT scans, and DNA study, they found that it lived about 240 million years ago.
  • More studies are planned to understand the evolutionary history of these creatures.