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Tango0102 Feb 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

… a rarity in the insect world -- a new order.

"There are about 1 million described species of insects, and millions more still to be discovered, but every species of insect on Earth has been placed in only 31 existing orders. Now there's one more.

The findings have been published in the journal Cretaceous Research and describe this small, wingless female insect that probably lived in fissures in the bark of trees, looking for mites, worms or fungi to feed on while dinosaurs lumbered nearby. It was tiny, but scary looking.

"This insect has a number of features that just don't match those of any other insect species that I know," said George Poinar, Jr., an emeritus professor of entomology in the OSU College of Science and one of the world's leading experts on plant and animal life forms found preserved in the semi-precious stone amber…"
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Feb 2017 8:50 p.m. PST

Those eyes! Those eyes!

Tango0103 Feb 2017 10:26 a.m. PST



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