Headless Dragonfly, Footless Lizard: Grisly Scene Preserved

One hundred million years ago in what is now Myanmar, a lizard snapped off a dragonfly’s head and tried to dash away. Unfortunately, the reptile didn’t escape with its snack: Both creatures were trapped in sticky tree resin, leaving behind a grisly fossilized scene.

The find, reported in the 2010 issue of the journal Palaeodiversity, is the oldest example of a dragonfly preserved in amber, or fossilized tree resin. But what makes the find really interesting is the snapshot of ancient life that looks familiar today, said George Poinar, an entomologist and emeritus professor at Oregon State University.

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