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99 Million Year-Old Beetle Found Encased In Amber
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12 Jun 2018 04:53 AM EST

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects on Earth. Now, Gizmodo reports that one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen. It was spotted in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimeter long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.
Shuhei Yamamoto, an entomologist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, “These beetles lived in the Cretaceous, so they lived with dinosaurs." Yamamoto discovered the beetle. Featherwing beetles don’t flap their wings. Instead they use them to glide through the air like a dandelion wisp. Yamamoto said that this beetle was probably gliding when it got caught in some tree sap. There it has remained for millions of years.

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