Scientists Reconstruct Beetle Species


About a year ago, researchers found fossil specimens of beetles in an amber deposit in Myanmar. They described the finding as a new beetle family that lived about 99 million years ago. Scientists were not able to fully describe the physical features of the insects in the amber sample. Hence the beetles were given a mysterious name, Mysteriomorphidae. An international research team led by the University of Bonn, Germany, and Palacky University, Czech Republic, has now examined four newly found specimens of the Mysteriomorphidae using computers and have reconstructed the species. The newly found specimens have helped in the virtual reconstruction of the beetle species, which has allowed scientists to better understand the structure and food habits of the beetle.

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