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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2006,15:17   

Link to the LiveScience blurb is in the quote...

 
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"This is the oldest known bee we've ever been able to identify, and it shares some of the features of wasps," said lead author George Poinar, a researcher from Oregon State University. "But overall it's more bee than wasp, and gives us a pretty good idea of when these two types of insects were separating on their evolutionary paths."


100 million years old, in a mine in the Hukawng Valley of Myanmar, trapped in amber.

Very cool.

EDIT TO ADD:  Here's the link to the Science article which also talks about the genome sequencing, as a bonus.

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