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Prehistoric millipede found trapped in amber

By T.K. Randall
May 4, 2019 · Comment icon 6 comments



This millipede lived alongside the dinosaurs. Image Credit: Leif Moritz
A remarkably well preserved millipede dating back 99 million years has been unearthed in Myanmar.
Measuring a mere 8.2mm in length, this tiny arthropod roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous - a time when similar species may have grown to sizes exceeding that of an adult human.

Using 3-D X-ray microscopy, scientists have been able to identify the specimen as completely new to science and the first millipede ever found of the order Callipodida.
It has been named Burmanopetalum inexpectatum, with 'inexpectatum' meaning 'unexpected'.

"We were so lucky to find this specimen so well preserved in amber!" said lead author Prof. Pavel Stoev. "With the next-generation micro-computer tomography (micro-CT) and the associated image rendering and processing software, we are now able to reconstruct the whole animal and observe the tiniest morphological traits which are rarely preserved in fossils."

"It came as a great surprise to us that this animal cannot be placed in the current millipede classification. "

Source: Phys.org | Comments (6)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Amber is amazing that it can preserve something millions of years old. Imagine a human in amber, be creepy lol
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
If I had a lot of money, I'd collect insects in amber. My grandma has an amber (complete with bug) necklace. I've always thought it was really cool.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 4 years ago
I was going to say that would make a cool necklace 
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
Great find, but Amber is the coolest. That would be a waste of amber,   
Comment icon #5 Posted by Habitat 4 years ago
So the idea of a mosquito biting a dinosaur, and the dinosaurs's DNA being inside the mosquito, preserved, is just BS, as it is only the hard exoskeleton that is preserved ?
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
The DNA does not need to be in the stomach of a whole mosquito to be able to be found. The fossilized remains of the insect is enough. Finding the DNA inside the fossil can indicate what the insect ate, you do not need the insides of the insect to find that out.  


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