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Oldest known bugs found trapped in amber

Posted on Thursday, 30 August, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Scientists have discovered well preserved insects dating back over 230 million years to the Triassic era.

The preservation process occurs when the insect becomes trapped in tree resin which then hardens and eventually fossilizes, resulting in a specimen that can survive for hundreds of millions of years.

The hunt in this case was particularly painstaking because the insects are too small to see with the naked eye. Researchers had to carefully examine over 70,000 droplets of amber in order to find what they were looking for.

"They are about 230 million years old, which puts them in the Triassic time period, and about 100 million years older than what had been the previously known oldest critters trapped in fossilized tree resin, or amber."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 30 August, 2012, 12:11
Really hope that technology would catch up n resurrect the dinos from ancient mosquito blood. Just like in jurassic park
Comment icon #4 Posted by Idano on 30 August, 2012, 12:30
But remember how the movie ended...yikes!
Comment icon #5 Posted by mfrmboy on 30 August, 2012, 13:56
To small to see with the naked eye ...... Dang ! When I read the Head Line I pictured a giant mosquito, moth, Ant or somthing.
Comment icon #6 Posted by wolfknight on 30 August, 2012, 14:53
I thought it would be bigger like the one in Jurassic Park movies, but we all know how that ended. No njice to mess with Mother Nature
Comment icon #7 Posted by Still Waters on 30 August, 2012, 20:07
Awesome! I was hoping for pictures though. No pics? Pics and video - http://www.dailymail...rved-amber.html
Comment icon #8 Posted by ufonuts on 31 August, 2012, 1:50
Turns out these bugs are "Crabs" and not the kind you find at Red Lobster! LOL!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Device on 31 August, 2012, 5:18
Our six-legged brothers and sisters the insects - evolving side by side through the perils and vastness of time.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lava_Lady on 31 August, 2012, 5:53
Pics and video - http://www.dailymail...rved-amber.html Cool! Thank you!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 31 August, 2012, 6:11
Pix,or it didn't happen
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters on 31 August, 2012, 10:59
Pix,or it didn't happen Pics have been posted in the thread.


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