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In a moment of fright, it’s often said that you’ll ‘jump right out of your skin’ – but for one ancient insect, that’s just what happened.
Researchers have discovered a 50-million-year-old deposit of Baltic amber containing the exoskeleton of an ancient insect, which appears to have rapidly shed its skin in order to escape the flowing sap.
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The specimen also contains the first mushroom ever found in Baltic amber, along with the hair of a mammal thought to have bitten it from the base of a tree.
Researchers say this discovery provides a rare glimpse at the interactions of ancient life forms, acting like a ‘docudrama’ of life 50 million years ago.
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This rare find offers insight on multiple aspects of the ecosystem of the ancient subtropical forest, with the tiny mushroom, the insect exoskeleton, and a mammalian hair, thought to be from a rodent.
The amber comes from an area near the Baltic Sea that now represents...
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