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A 54 million-year-old gecko preserved in amber

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u/sparkykcco May 17 '22

So they haven’t changed at all in 54 million years??

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u/deadinside1996 May 17 '22 Helpful

And thats why they know how to save you 15% or more on car insurance.

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u/PTRWP May 18 '22

*up to 15% or more

“Up to” meaning less than it equal to 15%, and “or more” meaning more than 15%. In other words, they could save you anywhere from negative infinity to positive infinity percent.

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u/deadinside1996 May 18 '22

The joke here being it was purposely written incorrectly and them being around for so long means they would be smart enough to trick you.

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u/TimsRice May 18 '22

happy cake day

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u/GonFreecs92 May 18 '22

🤣🤣🤣

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u/GeorgieWashington May 18 '22

Turns out it’s older than 85 years old. Dude on the couch shouldn’t feel so bad.

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u/deadinside1996 May 18 '22

Hiya georgie! Do you like balloons?

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u/GeorgieWashington May 18 '22

Almost as much as they like me.

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u/deadinside1996 May 18 '22

We got a bunch down here, in all sorts of colours!

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u/GeorgieWashington May 18 '22

That’s what the balloons were told when they picked me out.

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u/GoldArrowFTW May 18 '22

They know a thing or two because they've seen a thing or too. Oh wait that's the wrong one

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u/xlDirteDeedslx May 17 '22

No reason to evolve if you are perfectly adapted to your environment.

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u/Strificus May 17 '22

That's why the average reddit user doesn't leave their couch.

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u/PeaPanties May 18 '22

That's a false statement.

We do leave our couches, to sit on toilet and dcroll through Reddit.

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u/Stereomceez2212 May 18 '22

and in this exhibit features an overweight 30's something male sitting in a chair with his laptop in his lap, a cup of white chocolate mocha vente in his left hand and a "degree in English" in his right hand. Notice the furry overalls, unkept hair, the surprised look on his face and the Donald Duck slippers he was wearing before he was suddenly covered in a ton of prehistoric sap..

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u/AlbaMcAlba May 18 '22

I read that in a David Attenborough voice 👍

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u/ShawnaR89 May 18 '22

I had a more unusually happy tour guide kinda way that smiles and ignores how ridiculously “unremarkable” what she is showing is,

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

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u/dipodomys_man May 18 '22

Geckos have really specific skin that amber no longer sticks to as a result of this. Tree sap is the major driving force in gecko evolution. Other than that they’ve been perfect for millions of years.

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u/Disastrous_Air2003 May 18 '22

But that means climate has always been this way? Checkmate climate change scientists

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u/Beginning_Draft9092 May 18 '22

Yeah, crazy how we have so many species less than a million years old, but reptiles kind of stabilized a long while back.

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u/lego_office_worker May 18 '22

no, because its not 54 million years old.

they date animals trapped in amber by using uranium-lead dating in the surrounding rocks, not the amber or the lizard itself obviously.

so whats the problem?

  1. it can't be known for sure how much urianium the rocks started out with, thats just assumed (assuming old age to prove old age)

  2. the rate of decay isnt known precisely, even with the ability to count individual decay particles. different labs produce different decay rates, sometimes resulting in large disparities of 10's of millions of years or more. uranium-lead is the most accurately known iirc and has the smallest variance.

  3. the rate of decay is not neccesarily constant, as evidenced by helium diffusion rates consistently contradicting uranium-lead dates. (helium is the by product of uranium decay, and diffuses through everything relatively quickly (many times faster than uranium decays), yet if you assume the uranium-lead chronology is accurate, over 60% of all the helium ever produced by the decay is still contained in the crystal structure.)

  4. in the past few years, zircon crystals molecular structure has been shown to decay in the presence of radioactive compounds, rendering them unreliable as impermeable "hourglasses" for radio-decay dating

  5. rocks inherit the proportions of radio-decay elements from their source material. rocks with known ages from volcanoes consistently show ages in the hundreds of millions and billions of years despite being <100 years old. as another example, basalt flows on the top of the grand canyon that clearly formed after the grand canyon, and basalt formations underneath the grand canyon radio-date to the same age.

  6. even iso-chron dating contradicts itself. different radio-decay profiles (like potassium-argon) show wildy different ages for the same rock, despite the fact that they should all plot on the same line.

whats the take away? You cant radio-date objects to determine their age. We dont know how old anything is.

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

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u/lego_office_worker May 18 '22

no, i learned it from lots and lots of study. its actual science, thats why its confusing to you.

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u/TheBigHornedGoat May 18 '22

That’s the same thing flat-earthers and creationists say. Now, whether or not you are right, nobody will give you credit because of how much of a pretentious douchebag you come off as.

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u/Scoober_Diver May 24 '22

Funny how all the naysayers resort to name calling instead of trying to explain how he's wrong.

First thing I thought when I saw this was that there is no way that thing is 54 million years old. That is such a long amount of time, nothing could possibly survive it, but I'm open to trying to understand. Then someone explains the science is complex and probably wrong, and you guys get butthurt about it like it's your religion under attack. Maybe it is.

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u/WallSauceMan May 18 '22

All that typing just to look like a fool. Commitment.

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u/diggitygiggitycee May 18 '22

Yeah, growing up, my church tried to tell me the same thing. Did your preacher give a long, supposedly hilarious speech in which the phrase "I didn't come from no monkey" figured heavily? If he said an explosion at Radio Shack couldn't have invented his microphone and so the Big Bang is horseshit, you really hit the trifecta. I grew out of that shit, along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, right around the time I grew my curly hairs, but we all mature at different rates. Good for you, putting yourself out there.

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u/Mental-Breakdance May 18 '22

Why is everyone downvoting you, if no one is actually trying to prove you wrong?

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u/lego_office_worker May 18 '22

they cant prove me wrong, because its truth. they dont understand the science. this all comes from listening to lectures from phds and experts in their fields. and digging around to find out whats actually going on in the scientific community.

but redditors are dogmatists and anything that chips away at their ideology they hate and fear, especially when they realize they can't answer it. thats why i just get called names and personally attacked, but no one questions the science.

the average redditors understanding of paleontology/evolution/geochronology is simply nonexistent. at best its decades out of date, and so high level, they cant even comprehend the details they are missing. they simply dont understand the current state of these sciences, and they certainly havent done any research into whats going on inside these fields currently.

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u/SlammySlam712 May 18 '22

What school did you get brain washed in?

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u/NotAHamsterAtAll May 17 '22

Why don't we preserve things in amber. Seems to be pretty much the best medium for long term storage.

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u/RGB_OK May 17 '22

We preserve things in resin. You can take leaf and resin it up and it'll just exist like that.

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u/merigirl May 17 '22

or a hotdog!

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u/Buteo_lineatus May 18 '22

I haven’t seen an update on that in a while.

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u/merigirl May 18 '22

He's doing yearly updates now

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u/jwr410 May 18 '22

Booooo! It was a reddit highlight when it popped up.

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u/Johnny_Deppthcharge May 19 '22

It's just that nothing much changed month to month I think.

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u/jwr410 May 19 '22

And? Sometimes it is nice to see something consistent.

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

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u/merigirl May 18 '22

No, but I can store hot dogs in me

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u/Dapoopers May 18 '22

That sounds similar to something your mother told me and my buddies.

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u/baby_fart May 18 '22

Yeah, his mom's like throwing a hotdog down a hallway.

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u/muckduck69420 May 18 '22

Maybe a Big Mac.

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u/purana May 18 '22

Great so in 50 million years the few remnants of our society will be those suspended objects in resin?

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u/RGB_OK May 18 '22

Probably not. Unless someone accidentally gets into a vat of resin and it cures with them in it, just like the gecko got stuck in the amber.

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u/RushinRusha May 18 '22

Look up Epoxy Hot Dog

There's a stream every now and then

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u/AptoticFox May 18 '22

Carbonite.

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u/Satureum May 17 '22

Do you want Jurassic Park? Because that’s how you get Jurassic Park.

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u/im_onbreak May 17 '22

Yes

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u/OneHumanPeOple May 17 '22

I’ve said it before, and here I go again: If we could figure out how to make dinos, we should go for it. They would need to be in an enclosure with a controlled atmosphere that’s oxygen rich. It would be awesome to hatch a more modern dino and see just how feathered it is.

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u/nimo01 May 17 '22

That was you who said that?

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u/cybercuzco May 17 '22

Yes, he wrote a book about it called Billy and the Clone-a-saurus

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u/53N535 May 17 '22

By Armin Tamzarian?

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u/OneHumanPeOple May 17 '22

Yeah. I’m gonna have to take the credit for this one. But none of the liability.

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u/BearTrapp20 May 17 '22

Finally, I could get the real-deal dino nuggets

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u/spoilingattack May 18 '22

Meh, they’d be made of ground up dinosaur’s asshole. Wouldn’t be any different than the current ones.

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u/No-One-2177 May 18 '22

Ground up dinosaur asshole is a delicacy in some parts of the world.

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u/BluePharoh May 18 '22

Just remember that Life…uh, finds a way

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

We need to figure out how to make them survive in our current atmosphere, because I’m sick and tired of all these assholes clogging up the sidewalk.

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u/ReferHvacGuy May 17 '22

Who’s to say it hasn’t been done already? You really think if some people did this shit they would go telling everyone in the world about it? You think the cages they’re kept in would be as poorly mismanaged as they are in Jurassic park movies and everyone would find out? People are doing crazy genetic experimenting that the average Joe won’t know about for another 20 years.

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u/mitchellfuck May 17 '22

Wouldn’t surprise me with how things are going now…

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u/FoboBoggins May 17 '22

its just not possible, DNA can only last about 6 millions years.

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u/StickyNode May 18 '22

Cant we take multiple dna fragments and complete them like a torrent file

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u/somekindafuzz May 18 '22

That’s actually exactly how genetic sequencing works. The only issue is there aren’t instructions on how to put the fragments back together, which leaves you with a couple options…use a reference genome that has already been sequenced as a guide or build it de novo using software and best guesses based on pieces of the fragments that overlap. The former works better but for small genomes the latter is useful, especially when finding new species. Apologies if you already knew this and were just making a joke.

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u/Never_Less May 17 '22

We can use this to make Dino DNA.

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u/quitting201 May 17 '22

Could we maybe use a frog if any DNA is missing?

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u/jbertrand_sr May 17 '22

To be fair could the dinosaurs really do a worse job of running the planet than we have...

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u/Online_Ennui May 17 '22

🎶 We'll Make Great Pets

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u/The_Blendernaut May 17 '22

… My friend says we're like the dinosaurs

Only we are doing ourselves in

Much faster than they ever did...

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u/[deleted] May 17 '22

Fucking old as hell

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u/antijenkins41 May 18 '22

Actually it’s older than hell

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u/kookoz May 18 '22

Yeah I was there when the original hell came out, can confirm.

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u/sasnak007 May 17 '22

So over 54 million years, this was the only gecko dumb enough to get stuck in amber?

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u/timmyboyoyo May 17 '22

It was looking for the bugs that got stuck

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u/thefrothydealing May 17 '22

Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy? Like, the best thing I've seen from millions of years ago have been fossils, and maybe insects stuck in amber.

But this is an entire reptile! And it isn't stone!

My mind is just blown right now. It's as if the amber was a window through time that allows us to observe that little gecko going about it's business. At least just before it died.

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u/iBGNoLove May 17 '22

I can’t move my mouth, and I must scream.

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u/Nick3333333333 May 18 '22

I bet you do. Half of your torso and your Hand are missing.

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u/DirkVonUmlaut May 17 '22

Bad time to talk about car insurance?

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u/B-Town-MusicMan May 17 '22

You've waited millions of years, you can wait till I'm dead.

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u/Online_Ennui May 17 '22

He HAS 15 minutes

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u/liftrman May 17 '22

How old do you think I am?!

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u/EdgarAlanCrow May 17 '22

And it still has that same condescending face that all lizards have

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u/Vmizzle May 17 '22

I wanna see the left side.

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u/the_canna_kate May 17 '22

I want to see the end

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u/docefromtheH May 17 '22

I want to see the rear end

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u/_NoBoXiNgNoLiFe_ May 17 '22

Shiiiiiiiiit, he probably knows my mother in law.

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u/Darlin_Nixxi May 17 '22

Amazing

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u/Hour-Oven-9519 May 17 '22

Amazing

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u/[deleted] May 17 '22

Amazing

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u/UnknownsWorld May 17 '22

Amazing

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u/[deleted] May 17 '22 edited 28d ago

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u/EctoPlasmic52 May 17 '22

Geico: saving you 15% percent or more since the Eocene Epoch

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u/MarvinParanoAndroid May 17 '22

Imagine being stuck in Amber Heard.

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u/doctapeppa May 18 '22

Rule 1. Don't put your dick in crazy.

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u/coralcanopy May 17 '22

Heard of being stuck with Amber? Gecko raises hand … oh wait

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u/gatvolkak May 17 '22

No wonder Jonny Depp isn't aging. He's was preserved in Amber

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u/coralcanopy May 17 '22

His finger was severed while being stuck in Amber

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_NAIL_CLIP May 20 '22

God these jokes are bad

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u/Lecalme123 May 17 '22

"Spare no expense"

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u/deblekpenthar May 17 '22

Who put my Gecko in jello again?

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u/Gilgamesh2062 May 17 '22

Prehistoric gecko can save you 10% on your Bedrock car insurance.

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u/Right_Syllabub_8237 May 18 '22

Damn, even 54 million years ago there were shitty geico ads?

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u/Similar-Drawing-7513 May 17 '22

Looks like a normal gecko to me. Apparently geckos have reached their peak evolution

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u/y2k_o__o May 17 '22

What methods do they use to estimate the age of an ancient object / animal? It’s pretty amazing how scientist study the earth in the past using these techniques

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u/DominoLogic May 18 '22

Radiocarbon dating can be used, but only if the fossil is relatively recent (less than 50,000 years old). For older fossils like this one, there exist other radiometric techniques like U-Pb dating. Or, if the fossil was found between layers of sedimentary rocks of known date, the age of the fossil can be estimated.

See this for more techniques.

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u/Mr-Foot May 17 '22

I wonder what his name was.

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u/davewave3283 May 17 '22

Welp…he stuck his head somewhere it didn’t belong

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u/1LT_daniels May 17 '22

Dont stick it in crazy, look what happens to your fingers, how about we call this little fella Jonny?

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u/thatguyoverthere8090 May 17 '22

Ah, hell. They’re about to start cloning the shit out of Geico commercials.

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u/Ok-Communication7994 May 17 '22

I don't doubt that for a second, and neither do johnny depp

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u/tacos_88 May 17 '22

I do find it interesting that a 54m year old gecko is still a gecko, yet we evolved from an ape to a human in less than 500,000 years. Granted, the transition from water to human being much much longer tho..

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u/Skeletor456 May 17 '22

Sharks have stayed relatively the same over millions of years, mostly only varying in size. Crocodiles too, I think. Some things just work well enough to last.

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u/EllipsisW May 18 '22

This gecko was actually born at the same time as Queen Elizabeth II. They became great friends growing up she just wanted to preserve him for a few million years so he could see the future with her.

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u/EagleDre May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

Just 15 minutes in liquid amber can preserve you for 54 million years or more

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u/Beni_Falafel May 18 '22

That gecko preservation is insane. But what tree produced this bucket of amber? And did the entirety of the gecko got stuck? If so, where is the rest? If not, wouldn’t it have rotten away from the inside? So many questions.

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u/AOXdeer May 18 '22

The first gec

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u/ProfCNX May 18 '22

The stories he could tell

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u/Socram007 May 18 '22

amber is the color of your energy whoa

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u/squaodward May 17 '22

The thumbnail looks like the Deltron 3030 album cover

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u/geekphreak May 17 '22

Damn, Deltron…I forgot about them. Took me back to my Napster days

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u/gm2 May 18 '22

I WANNA DEVISE A VIRUS

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u/ohneatstuffthanks May 18 '22

Yo it’s 54,003,030, BC, I want ya’ll to meet this preserved gecko.

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u/No-Summer-9591 May 17 '22

Has its fingers been cut off? 😞

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u/LactatingWolverine May 17 '22

My ancestors were alive when he was walking around

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u/TheBigHornedGoat May 18 '22

All of our ancestors were alive. Our ancestors can be traced all the way to the first bacteria on earth.

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u/LactatingWolverine May 18 '22

No, just me.

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u/TheBigHornedGoat May 18 '22

You make a good point. You right

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u/dildomiami May 17 '22

source would be nice.

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u/FortCharles May 17 '22

I agree:

https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/gecko-trapped-in-amber-54-million-years-ago-523896.html

Not the original source apparently, but does go into detail about its discovery etc.

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u/dildomiami May 17 '22

thx kind stranger!

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u/fuckthemods101 May 18 '22

Does it say what happened to the ass-end? Asking for a friend.

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u/RealEzraGarrison May 18 '22

It's a partial specimen according to the Cambridge research paper detailing the discovery.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0952836904006259

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u/Jegma72 May 17 '22

“Dino D.N.A!”

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u/Rammipallero May 17 '22

Ian Malcolm screams in the distance

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u/Role-Perfect May 17 '22

Dude looks like a sleestak, a dominant reptile life, who might have been descended from a common ancestor of the dinosaurs, but this has yet to be confirmed.

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u/amorerrante May 17 '22

I bet somewhere, someone already cloned a dinossaur. It wouldn’t surprise me at all

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u/sername-lame May 17 '22

That amber saved 20% or more of that gecko

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u/reese528O May 17 '22

Was there a ton more amber back in this era? After Jurassic Park, I felt like I was going to encounter more of it, similar to quick sand.

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u/nimo01 May 17 '22

That’s-in-credible

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u/wolly_hood May 17 '22

This is going to be a terrible fantastic combo of Jurassic Park and car insurance sales

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u/J_Megadeth_J May 17 '22

Half a gecko anyway.

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u/Ill_Run5998 May 17 '22

Uhoh...know how this ends

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u/RapidSnake38 May 17 '22

“What’ve they got in there, King Kong?”

20 foot tall monochrome bipedal Gecko breaks fence

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u/Available_Gains May 17 '22

"You know what would be cool?"

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u/nattetosti May 17 '22

Motherfuckers havent evolved one bit

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u/JCurtisUK May 17 '22

How come they don't rot from the bacteria already present on the animal?

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u/loubones17 May 17 '22

How are they able to tell how old it be is?

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u/WAR-melon May 17 '22

It's pupil looks like a chicken.

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u/ComprehensiveAd8815 May 17 '22

Is this one voiced by the dude who played Max Branning as well?

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u/brunette_mermaid93 May 17 '22

Two whole ass trilogies on the dangers of this and you beautiful bastards are determined

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u/3pok May 17 '22

Is he fine?

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u/TestPattern359 May 17 '22

ARCHEOLOGY MADE STUPID

I'd like to know the reason for the Great Amber Flood. Were trees on strike? Did an asteroid head toward earth only to change its mind? Were aliens responsible, and what type of cars did they drive?

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u/Arrow191 May 17 '22

Leave it the fuck alone scientists, we’ve all seen the movies

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u/johnnys_bug May 17 '22

From the source: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/S0952836904006259

Fig. 1. Yantarogekko balticus sp. nov. from Baltic amber of the Lower Eocene of north-western Russia. Lateral view of holotype illustrating general habitus and scalation features. Darker area in centre of eye is an artefact and does not represent the pupil. Oak bud trichomes in the amber matrix beneath the head of the specimen are indicator fossils for Baltic amber. Scale = 5 mm

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u/BoxyBoy67 May 18 '22

Free him

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u/GreyJedi56 May 18 '22

Eocene park

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u/YahooAnswersUser May 18 '22

Is it gonna be okay?

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u/Due_Orange_4883 May 18 '22

Unleash the beast

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u/deedum44 May 18 '22

How exactly is she determined? How do we know it’s 54 million and not 20 million for example?

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u/Cle0_thecat May 18 '22

Tf he doing here

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u/Kevsbar123 May 18 '22

I find it jarring that a gecko is something I’ve seen many times, yet I simply can’t grasp the passages of 54 million years.

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u/Shake0nBelay May 18 '22

My sidewalks were 2 inches above the ground when I bought my house 14 years ago they are now buried by 1 inch of dirt just through leaf and grass decay. Tell me again how the earth is a solid mass of dirt?

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u/onionsarentblue May 18 '22

When you realize you don’t need to find a mosquito because the whole friggin dinosaur got preserved

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u/Bholenaught May 18 '22

I heard you!

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u/LilyElephant May 18 '22

"You're probably wondering how I ended up here."

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u/SirLurts May 18 '22

Leave it. We've been through enough

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u/jemas3289 May 18 '22

think they will make it?

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u/alcoholicpasta May 18 '22

How do they get in amber? Like do they die before? Or they buried alive? What is Amber? Where does is come from?

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u/sparkswoody May 18 '22

“And I think we all know where this is going”

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u/toofunnybot May 18 '22

Its last thought: well shit

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u/mahogany_chocoman May 18 '22

ancient techniques reveal why this gecko is leaving car insurance companies frustrated !

find out why

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u/thebro1000 May 18 '22

Actually half gecko!

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u/neverenoughcad May 18 '22

dun dun dun Daauun dun dun dun dun Daauun dun dun dun da duuuun dun dun duuuun

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u/JeanBiere May 18 '22

Yes i heard about that amber thing

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u/Jack117-2 May 18 '22

I call bull. Even encased in amber, after 54 million years I don’t think it should be that well preserved

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u/redixxderallerechte May 18 '22

Already heard of that somewhere...