New Oldest Known Insects Trapped In Amber Discovered

August 28, 2012


Seen here looking suspiciously like monster tears, these 230-million year old pieces of amber each have an insect inside. One fly, and two mites. *adjusting pants crotch* A man can only hope there's some dino DNA in there to clone from.

The amber droplets, which are only 2-6 millimeters long, were discovered buried in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy. Paleontologists working there were able to uncover about 70,000 droplets -- all of which were screened for signs of preserved life.

230-million years ago marks the middle of the Triassic period, the period when dinosaurs first appeared on earth. So, obviously, there aren't as many dinos from the time that I have an interest in. But, between you and me, I'm starting to get desperate. "You clone it, I'll bone it," I told a scientist I met at the bar. You know what the smartass told me? "Scientists have already cloned several mammals." That's when I broke my beer bottle on the bar and stabbed him for insinuating I was a pervert.

Thanks to Waverider, who might be on a surfboard, or might be on a boogie board, they didn't say. Definitely not in an army tank though.

  • ZomBBombeR

    Yay I finnally get to have a Dinosaur with laser cannons!!! XD

  • whatwhatinthebut

    so it begins.. jurassic park :S

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    it's a about damn time

  • Guest

    A fly? Perhaps this might make an idea for a hybrid movie -- "The Triassic Fly".
    Dinosaurs, science, fly mutants, robuts, and lazahs!

  • 2-6 millimetres? That is tiny!

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    excuse me!? I will have you know that I have never had a complaint.'re speaking of the insects...yes..they are tiny.

  • JJtoob

    So it begins.

  • n_a_a_s

    gross.... bbq scrotum

  • lololololololololool you clone it, ill bone it

  • we don't need any more damn bugs! ESPECIALLY a fly and two mites!

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