Unusual morphology in the mid-Cretaceous lizard Oculudentavis

Arnau Bolet, Edward L. Stanley, Juan D. Daza, J. Salvador Arias, Andrej Čerňanský, Marta Vidal-García, Aaron M. Bauer, Joseph J. Bevitt, Adolf Peretti, Susan E. Evans

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3303-3314.e3
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume31
Issue number15
Early online date14 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to the Peretti Museum Foundation for access to their collection of fossils in amber from Myanmar. We thank Jessica A. Maisano and Matthew Colbert from the UTCT—University of Texas—High-Resolution X-Ray CT Facility for the scanning of the referred specimen. We also thank Lida Xing and Jingmai O’Connor for sharing the data of the holotype of O. khaungraae, to Gang Li at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility for facilitating the transfer of the large dataset, and to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, where synchrotron images of the referred specimen were acquired. We also thank Dr. Krister T. Smith (Senckenberg Research Institute), Dr. Michael Caldwell (University of Alberta), and two anonymous reviewers for their comments that helped improve the quality of this manuscript. J.D.D. was funded by the National Science Foundation ( DEB 1657656 ) and the Biological Sciences Department at Sam Houston State University ; A.B. was funded by a Newton International Fellowship ( NF170464 , funded by the Royal Society ), a Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Fellowship ( IJC2018-037685-I , funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación of the Spanish Government ), and the CERCA programme ; and A.Č. was funded by a Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic and Slovak Academy of Sciences (grant number 1/0191/21). Comparative CT scans of squamates were obtained from the Collaborative Research: oVert: Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D funded by National Science Foundation ( DBI 1701714 ). Amber scanning, travel grants, and scientific illustration were sponsored by the Peretti Foundation . We thank Thomas L. Stubbs for his help in calculating Cramér coefficients and for sharing the relevant R script. Special thanks to Stephanie Abramowicz for the reconstruction of Oculudentavis and to Monica Solórzano and Enrique Peñalver for assistance identifying the flies associated with the specimen.

Funding Information:
We are grateful to the Peretti Museum Foundation for access to their collection of fossils in amber from Myanmar. We thank Jessica A. Maisano and Matthew Colbert from the UTCT?University of Texas?High-Resolution X-Ray CT Facility for the scanning of the referred specimen. We also thank Lida Xing and Jingmai O'Connor for sharing the data of the holotype of O. khaungraae, to Gang Li at the Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility for facilitating the transfer of the large dataset, and to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, where synchrotron images of the referred specimen were acquired. We also thank Dr. Krister T. Smith (Senckenberg Research Institute), Dr. Michael Caldwell (University of Alberta), and two anonymous reviewers for their comments that helped improve the quality of this manuscript. J.D.D. was funded by the National Science Foundation (DEB 1657656) and the Biological Sciences Department at Sam Houston State University; A.B. was funded by a Newton International Fellowship (NF170464, funded by the Royal Society), a Juan de la Cierva Incorporaci?n Fellowship (IJC2018-037685-I, funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovaci?n of the Spanish Government), and the CERCA programme; and A.?. was funded by a Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic and Slovak Academy of Sciences (grant number 1/0191/21). Comparative CT scans of squamates were obtained from the Collaborative Research: oVert: Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D funded by National Science Foundation (DBI 1701714). Amber scanning, travel grants, and scientific illustration were sponsored by the Peretti Foundation. We thank Thomas L. Stubbs for his help in calculating Cram?r coefficients and for sharing the relevant R script. Special thanks to Stephanie Abramowicz for the reconstruction of Oculudentavis and to Monica Sol?rzano and Enrique Pe?alver for assistance identifying the flies associated with the specimen. Conceptualization, S.E.E. A.B. A.P. E.L.S. J.D.D. A.?. and A.M.B.; methodology, A.B. E.L.S. J.D.D. J.S.A. M.V.-G. J.J.B. and A.P.; investigation, A.B. E.L.S. J.D.D. J.S.A. A.?. M.V.-G. A.M.B. J.J.B. S.E.E. and A.P.; writing ? original draft, S.E.E.; writing ? review & editing, A.B. E.L.S. J.D.D. J.S.A. A.?. M.V.-G. A.M.B. J.J.B. A.P. and S.E.E.; resources, A.B. E.L.S. J.D.D. J.J.B. and A.P.; supervision, A.B. J.D.D. S.E.E. and J.J.B. The authors declare no competing interests.

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