Tiny Jurrasic fossil lizard head photographed through a microscope. The original is about 12mm long.
They are little chaps from the Triassic-Jurassic
(approx 200 million years old), this is from what
is now China. This is (I believe) a young adult,
they grow twice as big. 'Sino' means China
in Greek btw, so its name simply means Chinese
water lizard. This was collected for sale and is
real, as you can tell from the level of detail,
beware fakes, always examine with a glass first.
This one was mounted on plasterboard and missing
sections and cracks were crudey filled.
This is an amazing image. Do you know where and
when this tiny creature lived? Where and when was
it found? Is this an adult or a juvenile?
This sort of image is hard work! The depth of
field is tiny and the camera needs to be exactly
square-on to your subject. This wasn't taken
with a dedicated system, but rather an adapter on
a fairly average microscope. Still it shows what
is possible. A whole new field of gigapans awaits
somebody with the right kit and patience.
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