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Despite occupying so much of the Earth, scientists have found gaps in its understanding of squamate lineage.
But, as Nicola Davis reports at The Guardian, a new study suggests that squamates actually evolved before The Great Dying and powered through this cataclysmic period.
Genetic evidence suggests that squamates evolved in the Permian period, over 250 million years ago.
The team also spent 400 days examining 150 specimens of other lizard-like creatures held in fossil collections around the world, and constructed the most detailed DNA family tree of living squamates.
Lead study author Tiago Simões spent more than four years piecing together the squamate lineage.
Squamates are snakes and lizards, and Archaeopteryx is the famous feathered fossil from Germany that represents one of the best known evolutionary links between dinosaurs and birds.
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