Oldest mites in amber discovered

230-million-year-old fossils push back date of resin-preserved arthropods

By Meghan Rosen, 15:47 PM August 27, 2012

Mites could give competitors on Survivor a run for their game-show money.

Two of the tiny creatures, trapped in fossilized tree resin, smash the record for ancient amber-preserved arthropods, a group of critters that includes beetles, butterflies, spiders and shrimp. At 230 million years old, the mite fossils are about 100 million years older than previous finds, and suggest that mites’ basic body blueprint may be built to outwit, outplay and outlast.

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