Amber-Trapped 'Attenborough' Locust Offers Evolutionary Insight

July 30, 2014 10:27 PM

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Amber-Trapped 'Attenborough' Locust Offers Evolutionary Insight

Researchers have just begun scouring through a massive collection of ancient amber, already finding some amazing things including the discovery of a 20-million-year-old sample of a locust that could fill an evolutionary gap in the fossil records.

The entire amber collection was found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and has so-far been dated to be from between 18- and 20-million years ago. The full curation of the 160 pound collection is expected to take many years, but once its completed, it will be the largest Dominican am...

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