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50-million-year-old insects found in amber

October 27, 2010 | Comment icon 19 comments

Image Credit: Hannes Grobe
A treasure trove of insects preserved in amber has been found in northwest India.
Over 700 insect species from 50 million years ago have been identified within the amber including bees, ants and termites.
A collection of amber deposits unearthed in northwest India has opened a spectacular window into insect life some 50 million years ago.

Source: Wired | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 12 years ago
Yeah, ONLY. Could you tell me how long ago the insects were so big. More than 300 million years ago, there was 31 to 35 percent oxygen in the air,” Dr. Kaiser said. “That means that the respiratory systems of the insects could be smaller and still deliver enough oxygen to meet their demands, allowing the creatures to grow much larger.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Aus Der Box Skeptisch 12 years ago
I'll have to find what I was watching if you guys want verification. But it seems the abundance of c02 caused plants to grow much quicker and more thickly dispersed than today. Downside was the nutritional content was less than half current average for same plant. Here's where theory steps in... Because of this a chain reaction started... Dinosaurs needed to eat more to get nutrition, and the size of the stomach needed for processing all this plant material it seems kicked off the growth. Next the other organs had to get larger and larger and finally they became massive. Now this only concerns... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Stephen.knox 12 years ago
Do they really survive for long 50 million years ?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Drev 12 years ago
I'm pretty sure they're dead.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BiffSplitkins 12 years ago
Do they really survive for long 50 million years ?
Comment icon #15 Posted by eve_rox2 12 years ago
Things were much larger in the past because there was more oxygen. There was more oxygen because there were more trees. We cut down too many trees wich is why we're tiny.
Comment icon #16 Posted by SolarPlexus 12 years ago
I'm sorry,but I thought that insects from that long ago were supposed to be really big? Well, you had giant dragonflies which had wingspans of more than 75 cm... but that was like 300 mya
Comment icon #17 Posted by SolarPlexus 12 years ago
and giant 2m water scorpions
Comment icon #18 Posted by nohands 12 years ago
I bet we became tiny coz we multiply very fast that we c0nsume m0re oxygen everyday...and then we cut trees.. But who cares im n0t 4ever only th0se of nxt genrti0n will suffer... By the way only bcoz we are n0t present n dinosaur era thats why they gr0w very huge..if we were there i bet they will bec0me ham,hotdog, steak, etc.
Comment icon #19 Posted by SolarPlexus 12 years ago
yeah less oxygen and cooler climate. Things were much larger in the past because there was more oxygen and the climate was warmer

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