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Scientists discover new millipede fossils in 100-million-year-old amber

18.12.2018

Scientists at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK) discovered more than 450 millipedes in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber. 13 of the 16 main groups of extant (now-living) millipedes could be identified in the amber with the help of micro-CT technology. For half of these groups the findings represent the oldest known fossils. Future studies of these amber millipedes will significantly contribute to our understanding of millipede evolution.

Ein besonders gut erhaltener Vertreter der Polyzoniida in Bernstein. Heutzutage eine seltene Gruppe mit weniger als 100 bekannten Arten, in kreidezeitlichem Bernstein ausgesprochen häufig.
An especially well-preserved specimen of the Polyzoniida in Burmese amber from the Age of the Dinosaurs. A rare group with less than 100 known species, the Polyzoniida are especially diverse in Cretaceous amber. ©Thomas Wesener

 

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