Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Discovery, Preserved Insects from the Cretaceous Period

Scientists recently discovered lumps of amber from the Cretaceous period in Africa. It doesn't stop there, they weren't just boring old (~95 million years old!) lumps of fossilised tree resin, they contained very well preserved insects. These insects were flying and crawling around when the dinosaurs were walking the earth, so in a sense it's like looking back in time. Some of them have been extinct for ages (literally), and others provide valuable insight into the ancestry of our modern insects. I would provide pictures of these, but I have a feeling the pictures are copyrighted by DiscoveryNews, so I'll post a link to their page instead.


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