Tag Archives: Insect

New fossil pushes back physical evidence of insect pollination to 99 million years ago

Researchers have pushed back the first-known physical evidence of insect flower pollination to 99 million years ago, during the mid-Cretaceous period. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Insect evolution during the Eocene epoch

Scientists have shown that the incidence of midge and fly larvae in amber is far higher than previously thought. The new finds shed light on insect evolution and the ecology in the Baltic amber forest during the Eocene epoch. Paleontology … Continue reading

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Composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

Eumelanin — a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes — has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening pigments did not exist in arthropods. … Continue reading

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Holocene temperature in the Iberian Peninsula reconstructed studying insect subfossils

Remains of chironomid subfossils, a type of insects similar to mosquitoes, were used to reconstruct the temperature of the Iberian Peninsula in the Holocene, the geological period that goes from 11,000 years ago until now. The results of the study … Continue reading

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Scientists discover ‘alien’ insect in amber from 100 million years ago

Introducing Aethiocarenus burmanicus. (image: George Poinar, Jr.) Around 100 million years ago, an alien-looking insect with a bizarre head and long thin legs likely crawled around on trees in what is now Burma. The insect is so strange that researchers … Continue reading

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Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world — a new order

Researchers have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and ‘E.T.-like’ appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific ‘order’ — an incredibly rare event. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Terrified insect escapes a permanent tomb — 50 million years ago

Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of a different type – the one that got away. read more (e) Science News – Paleontology … Continue reading

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Terrified insect escapes a permanent tomb — 50 million years ago

Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of a different type — the one that got away. This insect literally was frightened out of … Continue reading

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Amber fossils reveal ancient insect camouflage behavior

Insects have evolved diverse types of camouflage that have played an important role in their evolutionary success. Debris-carrying, a behavior of actively harvesting and carrying exogenous materials, is among the most fascinating and complex behaviors because it requires not only … Continue reading

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Re: Insect incased in selenite

I recently posted an image of a gypsum covered ram skull -> http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?p=47468#47468 Yes, Kaleb, I would say it happens in nature, but, it can be done in a kitchen or workshop, with the proper insect, temperature and solution. I’ve … Continue reading

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