Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Family Of Wasps Discovered In Amber

The only two specimens representing the new family are both males that were found in amber from the late Cretaceous period, about 90 million years ago, from the then, swampy forests of New Jersey USA. Analyses showed their closest living relative is now only found in arid areas of South America and southern Africa. Though they share some features in common, their differences in lifestyle and behaviour due to such disparate habitats have led them to be declared a new family called Plumalexiidae and this the only species within the family.
Posted by Astrojenny



Very cool. What a rewarding discovery, even if your new species is extint. I want to discover a new species now! :-)

I think 'Ant' is already taken ;)

Damn it. Will have to hop on a FTL neutrino and change history ;)

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