From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Temporal range: Eocene, 47 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Infraorder: Lacertibaenia
Genus: Cryptolacerta
Müller et al., 2011
  • C. hassiaca Müller et al., 2011 (type)

Cryptolacerta ("Hidden lizard" from Greek) is an extinct genus of Lacertoid lizard which lived during the Eocene epoch (Lutetian stage, about 47 million years ago) in what is now Germany. It is known from a nearly complete and articulated skeleton including the skull, which was found in the Messel/Messel Pit locality of Germany. Cryptolacerta was named by Johannes Müller, Christy A. Hipsley, Jason J. Head, Nikolay Kardjilov, André Hilger, Michael Wuttke and Robert R. Reisz in 2011 and the type species is Cryptolacerta hassiaca. Cladistic analysis conducted by Müller et al. suggests that Cryptolacerta is a sister taxon to Amphisbaenia.[1]


  1. ^ Müller, Johannes; Christy A. Hipsley; Jason J. Head; Nikolay Kardjilov; André Hilger; Michael Wuttke; Robert R. Reisz (2011). "Eocene lizard from Germany reveals amphisbaenian origins". Nature. 473 (7347): 364–367. doi:10.1038/nature09919. PMID 21593869.