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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