Well-preserved Electrotettix Attenboroughi trapped in amber provides interesting insight on ancient ecosystems

July 31, 2014 7:19 AM

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A 20 million year old grasshopper that was found trapped in amber has been named after Sir David Attenborough. This collection was discovered 50 years ago in the Dominical Republic. The pygmy grasshopper comes from the early Miocene period which was nearly 20.4 million years ago. Paleontologist at the University of Illinois, Sam Heads remarked “Grasshoppers are very rare in amber and this specimen is extraordinarily well-preserved.”

Electrotettix attenboroughi is a pygmy grasshopper that displays the points where it loses its wings. Heads goes on to say that “Fossil insects can provide lots of insight into the evolution of specific traits and behaviours, and they also tell us about the history of the time period.” This grasshop...

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