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Next Up: Dinosaurs!

I think we all know how this story turns out in the end:

Some of the earliest fossils of pre-historic arthropods – dating to about 230 million years ago – have been discovered entombed in amber, PNAS journal reports. […]

After a painstaking screen of more than 70,000 droplets, Prof Grimaldi and his team discovered three ancient arthropods – including two species of previously undiscovered mite – entombed within these small resinous gems.

The new mite species are the oldest fossils of an extremely specialised group called Eriophyoidea. This contains about 3,500 living species, all of which feed on plants and sometimes form abnormal growth called “galls”.

As any moviegoer knows, there are sure to be some bugs in there who fed on the blood of ancient dinosaurs.

Via Meadia doesn’t normally have a lot of sympathy for NIMBYism, but in this case we will make an exception: We hope that New York City zoning regulations will keep Jurassic Park from opening in the exclusive and glamorous residential borough of Queens.

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