Fossilized Grasshopper Found In Amber Accumulation Offers Insights Into Ancient Insects

July 31, 2014 12:11 PM

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Fossilized Grasshopper Found In Amber Accumulation Offers Insights Into Ancient Insects

Scientists, studying a massive accumulation of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, have discovered a tiny fossilized grasshopper that is believed to have existed 18 million to 20 million years ago.

The findings, published in the journal ZooKeys on Wednesday, are expected to offer fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited. According to the scientists, the grasshopper was as small as a rose thorn and it fed on moss, algae and fungi. The specimen is considered to b...

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