Ancient cricket found in neglected primeval amber

July 30, 2014 9:15 PM

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"Grasshoppers are very rare in amber and this specimen is extraordinarily well-preserved," said Sam Heads.

The amber was discovered more than half a century ago in the Dominican Republic among hundreds of amber pieces. But most of these artifacts, like the one containing the newly found locust, have been sitting neglected at the bottom of a bucket in lab storage.

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