Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Paging Steven Spielberg

"Bee Fossil, DNA Generate A Buzz"

Scientists have identified the oldest known bee, a 100 million-year-old specimen preserved in amber.

The discovery coincides with the publication of the genetic blueprint of the honeybee, which reveals surprising links with mammals and humans.

The ancient insect, trapped in tree sap, is at least 35-45 million years older than any other known bee fossil.

It appears to share features with both bees and wasps, and supports theories of bee evolution.

Keep that can of Raid handy, just in case.


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