Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cretaceous Praying Mantis Found In Amber

Photograph courtesy Kuji Amber Museum
From National Geographic News:

A praying mantis trapped in amber that was found in Japan in January 2008 dates back 87 million years, to the late Cretaceous period.

Researchers say the mantis, one of only seven in the world from this geologic period, displays unique features that may mean it is a "missing link" between the ancient insects and their modern counterparts.