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So much to discover and learn from this one bee fossilised in amber

23 Aug 2020 13:06 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

The oldest known bee fossil has been discovered. It is a 3D fossil in amber and yields rich information. It is covered in pollen proving it to be already a true bee, separated from its predacious ancestor wasp. The plumose hairs, an adaptation for collecting pollen are visible. The bee suffered a heavy parasite load, 21 beetle larvae that will attack the pollen stores back at the bee nest.

https://phys.org/news/2020-02-fossilized-insect-million-years-oldest.html

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