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Ancient insects used advanced camouflage

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post-46682-1167340046_thumb.jpgA fossil of a leaf-imitating insect from 47 million years ago bears a striking resemblance to the mimickers of today.

The discovery represents the first fossil of a leaf insect (Eophyllium messelensis), and also shows that leaf imitation is an ancient and successful evolutionary strategy that has been conserved over a relatively long period of time.

Scientists led by Sonja Wedmann of the Institute of Paleontology in Bonn, Germany, unearthed the remains at a well-known fossil site called Messel, in Hessen, Germany. The 2.4-inch-long insect had physical characteristics similar to the oblong leaves of trees living there at the time, including Myrtle trees, legumes, such as alfalfa, and Laurel trees.

http://thothweb.com/article-4390--0-0.html

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very interesting find!

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Groovy. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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It is an interesting find, it is not so suprising however. I think this is more Natural World than crytids however.

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^^ Agreed.

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It's fascinating...as long as I don't find one crawling on my arm...then it's history.

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It's fascinating...as long as I don't find one crawling on my arm...then it's history.

Mantis are cool, they can sit and follow your finger for hours it is great.

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Mantis are cool, they can sit and follow your finger for hours it is great.

They can follow YOUR finger for hours...respectfully speaking, of course. :P

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They can follow YOUR finger for hours...respectfully speaking, of course. :P

:D lol

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Nature is Amazing:

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Hi Heathyr:

Such an interesting article. I guess this also means that most of the trees' leaves have become smaller over time, and so the leaf insect has adapted.

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~ Isis

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Why do tree leaves have to become smaller?

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