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Unicorn fly of the Cretaceous

Like modern flies, it had many eyes, but those eyes sat at the end of a horn

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12:25pm, October 27, 2009

Dinosaurs weren’t the only critters with spikes and horns to roam the Earth during the Cretaceous. Scientists have found a tiny fly with a three-pronged horn and spiky eyes preserved in a chunk of amber dating to roughly 100 million years ago. The fly has been named Cascoplecia insolitis (Casco meaning old and insolitis for strange, unusual) and is so bizarre that that it has been assigned to a new insect family, reports George Poinar, Jr. of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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