Shades of 'Jurassic Park;' Ancient mosquito's last blood supper trapped in fossil, study says

  • Article by: SETH BORENSTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 14, 2013 - 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON — In a steamy tropical forest 46 million years ago, a prehistoric mosquito bit a critter, drew blood and was blown into a lake in what is now northwestern Montana. Belly full, she died and sank.

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circleoflifeOct. 14, 13 2:28 PM

Ok. This is really cool but who's paying for it????? If it's the government, why haven't they been shut down?

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tonyrozyckiOct. 14, 13 4:16 PM

Not 100% persuaded it's 100% impossible to retrieve a bit of DNA from the bitten critter. Obviously it would be nearly impossible. :)

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RGMCDONOct. 14, 13 5:08 PM

The older I get, the cooler science is.

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joshua77Oct. 14, 13 9:26 PM

I would have guessed it is blood in the mosquitoes belly. What else would it be? What do mosquitoes NORMALLY eat to this day 46 million years later? I didn't need a government study - but send me the money please!!

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davehougOct. 15, 1312:11 PM

Question for posters: Given 1,000 generations of Lion, you get another Lion. For Humans you go from spears to walking on the moon. WHAT evolutionary advantage do we have that has not been used by other animals to duplicate our success?? If thumbs are so great, why don't more animals have thumbs... same for language to brain size. WHY are only Humans as successful as Humans??? Evolution shows us each successful mutation gets repeated. So if it is the right combination of factors, I am to understand that combination has never happened before??? - - - sincerely curious at davehoug@comcast.net

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davehougOct. 15, 1312:11 PM

Post script to my question.......I am REALLY sure it is not the evolutionary advantage of having a political class to rule us :)

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