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New Evidence From Ancient Amber Shows Dinosaurs Were Plagued By Ticks

New research on ancient Amber with ticks trapped within provides evidence that not only were the arachnids of ill repute around a hundred million years ago, but that dinosaurs were among their targets.

The discovery - detailed in new research published today in the journal Nature Communications - doesn't exactly provide the most glamorous vision of the Age of Dinosaurs, but it sheds a light on the fledgling evolution of ticks, giving us a rare snapshot of their world.

To further examine the tiny contents of the amber specimens, a team of researchers based out of Spain and the US used a couple of methods of zooming in to see what was inside.

All of this makes one thing quite clear: By 99 million years ago, ticks were already established parasites, plaguing dinosaurs as one of their earliest victims.

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READ MORE (Gizmodo Australia)

  • Amber discovery shows 'Dracula' sucked blood of feathered dinosaursThe Express Tribune
  • Dinosaur blood discovered inside 'Dracula' tick found perfectly preserved ...The Sun
  • Ticks drank dinosaur blood before they drank ours, amber fossils showThe Verge
  • Dinosaur parasites trapped in 100-million-year-old amber tell blood-sucking storyPhys.Org
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Tick Preserved in Amber Likely Feasted on Feathered DinosaurFortune
  • 100-million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered with parasites still holding ...International Business Times, Singapore Edition
  • Dinosaur Feather And Blood Discovered In Amber Fossils Show Parasites FeedingInternational Business Times
  • Paleontologists say that ticks trapped in amber were likely sucking dinosaurs ...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Jurassic Park to turn into reality? Study finds ticks in amber that fed on ...International Business Times, India Edition

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