Scientists Discover Unknown Ancient Cricket Species

July 31, 2014 10:20 AM

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Researchers are excited after discovering a previously unknown ancient cricket species in a piece of hardened amber that was found nearly 50 years ago in the Dominican Republic among hundreds of amber pieces. However, the discovery took such a long time because most of these artifacts were not paid attention while they were waiting for researchers at the bottom of a bucket in lab storage. Among them was the one containing the newly found locust.

Researchers at the University of Illinois somehow realized the need of re-examining the amber catalogue. And what they found was a number of impressive specimens. This cricket species existed on earth around 20 million years ago and is unique because of its potential to help scientists gain unpreced...

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