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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:45 AM
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Scientist Finds 100 Million-Year-Old Bee
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/tech/2006/oct...

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A scientist has found a 100 million-year-old bee trapped in amber, making it possibly the oldest bee ever found.

"I knew right away what it was, because I had seen bees in younger amber before," said George Poinar, a zoology professor at Oregon State University.

The bee is about 40 million years older than previously found bees. The discovery of the ancient bee may help explain the rapid expansion and diversity of flowering plants during that time.

Poinar found the bee in amber from a mine in the Hukawng Valley of northern Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Many researchers buy bags of amber from miners to search for fossils. Amber, a translucent semiprecious stone, is a substance that begins as tree resin. The sticky resin entombs and preserves insects, pollen and other small organisms.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:47 AM
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1. i love stuff like that.
amazing how tough life is.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:47 AM
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2. It is a fraud! The earth is only 6000 years old!!!!
:evilgrin:

Actually I find this so fascinating.

I have an amber ring with what looks to be ancient bark and mold...it is really beautiful.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:49 AM
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3. that's cool -- i love amber jewellry.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:49 AM
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4. Makes sense. That's a Cretaceous date...
...and flowering plants first emerged in the early Cretaceous, if I recall correctly.

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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:49 AM
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5. gawd put it thar to test owr fathe!
evrywun noes OSU is a meka ov gawdles hedunizm an anurky!
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:02 PM
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6. Needs three other species of insect of the same period
to win the Grand Prize at macDonalds.
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