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‘Exquisite’ dinosaur-age cockroaches discovered preserved in amber

by Rafi Letzter, LiveScience – 

These are the oldest cave-dwelling animals ever discovered.

A pair of 99-million-year-old cockroaches are rewriting the early history of the underworld.

The ancient roaches, found preserved in amber in Myanmar, are the oldest-known examples of “troglomorphic” organisms — creatures that adapted to the weird, dark environments of caves. And they’re the only such dark-adapted creatures known from the Cretaceous period, having scurried around in the world’s shaded crevices even as Tyrannosaurus rex walked the Earth. Nowadays, biologists have plenty of examples of cockroaches and of cave-dwelling insects with small eyes and wings, pale bodies, and long arms and antennae. But these specimens, from two distinct, related species, are the oldest animals ever found with those traits.

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Newborn insects trapped in amber show first evidence of how to crack an egg

by University of Oxford, Geology Page

Fossilised newborns, egg shells, and egg bursters preserved together in amber provide the first direct evidence of how insects hatched in deep time, according to a new article published today in the journal Palaeontology.

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‘Once in a lifetime find’: Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

by Katie Hunt, CNN

The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.

Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border. Continue reading ‘Once in a lifetime find’: Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber