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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 10:28 p.m. PST

…Million Years


"Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there—and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimeter long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.

"These beetles lived in the Cretaceous, so they lived with dinosaurs," said Shuhei Yamamoto, an entomologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, who discovered the beetle. Featherwing beetles don't flap their wings, but instead use them to glide through the air like a dandelion wisp. Yamamoto told Gizmodo that this beetle was probably gliding when it got caught in some tree sap, where it has remained for millions of years…."

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randy51 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 8:12 a.m. PST

99 million years of evolution hasn't changed it much from it's modern descendants .

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 11:22 a.m. PST

(smile)

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