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Unusual fossil reveals last meal of prehistoric pollinator

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An amber fossil of a Cretaceous beetle has shed some light on the diet of one of the earliest pollinators of flowering plants.

The animal's remains were unearthed by researchers at the University of Bristol and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS) who were able to study its fossil fecal matter, which was composed solely of pollen.

Besides being a visitor of angiosperms—flowering plants—researchers now have conclusive evidence that the new fossil named Pelretes vivificus also fed on their pollen. Details of this discovery have been published today in Nature Plants.

https://scitechdaily.com/unusual-fossil-discovered-that-reveals-last-meal-of-a-prehistoric-pollinator/

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