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Tech & Science 99 Million Year Old 'Gliding' Beetle Found In Amber

07:15  13 june  2018
07:15  13 june  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

99 Million Year Old 'Gliding' Beetle Found In Amber

  99 Million Year Old 'Gliding' Beetle Found In Amber Without amber, it’s unlikely that scientists would have ever discovered this long-extinct creature. Tiny insects are fragile and have no bones, and they rarely fossilized in the same way that larger animals like dinosaurs did. The chance that remains of any animal could leave an impression that would last millions of years is slim, and noticing the fossil of something the size of a period at the end of a sentence would be nearly impossible. However, that’s where amber, fossilized tree resin that sometimes captures plants and animals, comes in, preserving ancient flora and fauna with incredible detail.

You need a microscope to see the details of Kekveus jason, a tiny beetle that was trapped in amber 99 million years ago. Scientists recently discovered the 0.536-millimeter creature, and found that it has feathery fringes on its wings so that it can float like a paraglider.

This beetle , like some species’ of beetle alive today, had gliding “featherwings.” Researchers at The Field Museum in Chicago published a study on the creature in the journal Cretaceous Research. New Soldier Beetle Species Found in 99 - million - year - old Amber - entomologytoday.org.

Unrelated image of a Mimosa flea beetle released as biological control against the mimosa plant, one of Australia's 20 worst weeds.© AAP Image/CSIRO Unrelated image of a Mimosa flea beetle released as biological control against the mimosa plant, one of Australia's 20 worst weeds. You need a microscope to see the details of Kekveus jason, a tiny beetle that was trapped in amber 99 million years ago. Scientists recently discovered the 0.536-millimeter creature, and found that it has feathery fringes on its wings so that it can float like a paraglider.

The species name “Jason” is in reference to the Greek hero from Jason and the Argonauts, who sailed around the world (and then crashed his ship into a rock.) This beetle, like some species’ of beetle alive today, had gliding “featherwings.” Researchers at The Field Museum in Chicago published a study on the creature in the journal Cretaceous Research.

How CSIRO researchers are tracking the evolution of Australian insects

  How CSIRO researchers are tracking the evolution of Australian insects Using the DNA of some insects, and inspecting others fossilised in 100 million-year-old amber, researchers are building an evolutionary tree.But that hasn't stopped researchers at the CSIRO's Black Mountain headquarters from finding ways to piece together the evolutionary tree of Australian insects by working with insects fossilised in 100 million-year-old Burmese amber.

This beetle , like some species’ of beetle alive today, had gliding “featherwings.” Dinosaurs lived between 254 million and 66 million years ago, so the 99 million - year - old amber formed during the dinosaur era.

It was spotted in a 99 - million - year - old chunk of amber . Yamamoto discovered the beetle . Featherwing beetles don’t flap their wings. Instead they use them to glide through the air like a dandelion wisp.

Without amber, it’s unlikely that scientists would have ever discovered this long-extinct creature. Tiny insects are fragile and have no bones, and they rarely fossilized in the same way that larger animals like dinosaurs did. The chance that remains of any animal could leave an impression that would last millions of years is slim, and notice the fossil of something the size of a period at the end of a sentence would be nearly impossible. However, that’s where amber, fossilized tree resin that sometimes captures plants and animals, comes in, preserving ancient flora and fauna with incredible detail.

a close up of food© Provided by IBT Media Miners excavate ancient amber by the tons in Myanmar, mostly to be cut and sold as jewellery. However, sometimes this amber yields well-preserved bits of animals from the dinosaur era, like a dinosaur tail, dinosaur feathers and even ticks that may have once contained dinosaur blood, just like in Jurassic Park.

This 100-Million-Year-Old Frog Trapped in Amber Shows How Little Frogs Have Changed

  This 100-Million-Year-Old Frog Trapped in Amber Shows How Little Frogs Have Changed This find could teach scientists about what tropical rainforests looked like millions of years ago.A group of researchers has found ancient frogs fossilized in amber, making these 100 million-year-old fossils the oldest evidence of frogs in tropical rainforests. The researchers hope that this discovery will reveal more about how amphibians evolved and moved to their modern habitats.

Featherwing beetles are among the smallest bugs on the market—and one researcher managed to identify an historical specimen in a 99 - million - year - old chunk of amber . Simply half a millimeter lengthy

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The researchers gave Kekveus jason a temporary, meaningless genus name because they believed that it likely would be put into another genus later. However, they know that it is in the phylogenetic group Ptiliidae, which includes many species of modern “featherwing” beetles. This discovery changes what we know about the evolution of this group, demonstrating that some members of this species became exceptionally small at least as long ago as the mid-Cretaceous.

Dinosaurs lived between 254 million and 66 million years ago, so the 99 million-year-old amber formed during the dinosaur era.

“This tiny beetle lived during the Cretaceous Period, it saw actual dinosaurs,” The Field Museum’s Shuhei Yamamoto said in a press release. “The amber the beetle was found in is like a time capsule.”

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