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100-Million-Year-Old Assassin Flies Found

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:05 PM

Assassin flies are named for their fierce predation strategy - they ambush and catch their prey in flight. Once caught, the flies puncture the armor-like skeleton of their prey, inject them with digestive fluids and extract the nutrients within.

For more than 100 million years, these creatures have ruled the world of insects as a top predator.

http://www.sci-news....mber-01874.html

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 09:00 PM

I really need to clean my glasses. :blush: :blush: :blush: I thought that said "assassin FILES" and I'm like.... how would files last 100 million years?? :unsure2:

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:12 PM

"For more than 100 million years, these creatures have ruled the world of insects as a top predator."

I'm sorry, but that is very FALSE...I'd expect more from a MOD..


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:49 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 24 April 2014 - 09:00 PM, said:

I really need to clean my glasses. :blush: :blush: :blush: I thought that said "assassin FILES" and I'm like.... how would files last 100 million years?? :unsure2:

You're not the only one!  I saw the same thing!!!


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:53 PM

View Postg00dfella, on 24 April 2014 - 11:12 PM, said:

"For more than 100 million years, these creatures have ruled the world of insects as a top predator."

I'm sorry, but that is very FALSE...I'd expect more from a MOD..

Actually, it's true.

Within the insect world (bugs eating bugs) these are one of the top predators.  They exist today as a group called "robber flies" ... and if you've ever seen one of them nab another insect out of the air, I know you'll agree that it's pretty spectacular.  They're also a fairly large insect by today's standards and people are often spooked by them (not me.  I like them.)

Wikipedia's got a good but brief page on them, with a picture of a modern robber fly noshing on a wasp.
http://en.wikipedia....ki/Assassin_fly


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 24 April 2014 - 09:00 PM, said:

I really need to clean my glasses. :blush: :blush: :blush: I thought that said "assassin FILES" and I'm like.... how would files last 100 million years?? :unsure2:
so did I.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:49 PM

View Postg00dfella, on 24 April 2014 - 11:12 PM, said:

"For more than 100 million years, these creatures have ruled the world of insects as a top predator."

I'm sorry, but that is very FALSE...I'd expect more from a MOD..

Why are you acting as though she did the research and she is the one making the claim? If you have issues with the claim, take it up with the paleontologists since I'm sure you're one yourself.

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