New Study Finds Bedbugs Have Pestered the World for 115 Million Years

Live Science | 5/16/2019 | Staff
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Should you ever have to endure the nightmare of a bedbug infestation, take solace that, perhaps, a pterodactyl once had to deal with the same annoyance.

A new study published today (May 16) in the journal Current Biology has found that bedbugs have existed in one form or another for 115 million years, putting the pernicious parasites on Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs.

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To rebuild the bedbug lineage, a team of researchers spent 15 years collecting wild bedbugs from around the world and studying specimens in museum collections. The team compared the DNA of these modern buggos to see how different species diverged in the past, and how often new species arose to pester humans and other potential hosts.

Is it possible a T. rex or a brontosaurus ever had to kick a horde of bedbugs out of their...
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