Miocene insects found in Peru

Miocene insects found in Peru

Researchers in Peru said Tuesday they have discovered remains of ancient insects and sunflower seeds trapped in amber dating back to the Miocene, about 23 million years ago. The find was made in a remote region, Río Santiago, a mountainous jungle on the northern border with Ecuador, paleontologist Klaus Honninger told AFP.

These new discoveries are very important because insects and sunflower seeds confirm the type of climate that existed in during the Miocene”, Expressed Honninger.

Extreme climate change in the Miocene (between 23 and 5 million years) was the reason why these insects probably became extinct, according to the paleontologist.

Paleontologists discovered hundreds of pieces of amber up to 12 centimeters (big size) containing various types of insects. They are all very well preserved and are ancient beetles, flies and spiders. Honninger said experts discovered an unknown species of arachnid, with a head like a dog and legs four times as long as the body.

The same team of researchers announced in January that it had discovered fossilized squid from the Cretaceous era (145 to 65 million years ago) at 3,700 meters above sea level in the Marañón River Valley, also in the extreme north of Peru. .

Source: The Himalayan

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