Oldest bug bonk

Preserved as fossils, two insects remain caught in the act 165 million years later

By Bethany Brookshire, 22:27 PM November 8, 2013

In the Middle Jurassic, two insects called froghoppers (Anthoscytina perpetua) came together in a dance as old as time.

Before they had a chance to mate, death came knocking. The pair was buried and remained there for 165 million years, preserved as fossils described November 6 in PLOS ONE.

Researchers in China found the beautifully preserved specimen among 1,200 other fossils from a site in Inner Mongolia. The insects would have been easy to miss. Each body measures only 15–17 millimeters long...

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