This exotic, praying-mantis-like cockroach that lived at the same time as dinosaurs was caught in amber about 100 million years ago. It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night.Peter Vršanský from the Geological Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Günter Bechly from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, who examined the insect, say its long neck, which allows the head to rotate freely, and unusually long legs, suggest that it actively pursued prey. The fossilised insect, called Manipulator modificaputis, was discovered at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar.
Notes from my experience breeding and studying a wide variety of different invertebrates.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
In the News: Predatory cockroach from dinosaur era found trapped in amber
From New Scientist: Predatory cockroach from dinosaur era found trapped in amber
Labels: cockroach, fossil, praying mantis
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