Jurassic bugs 最老昆蟲琥珀

更新時間 2012年 8月 31日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間13:43
preserved bugs under magnifying glass

Wonderfully protected and preserved

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科學家們說,他們在意大利北部的阿爾卑斯山地區發現了一種有史以來保存完好的最古老昆蟲琥珀。這一國際科研成果刊登在最新發表的《國家科學院學報》上。BBC 記者 Mark Duff 有以下報道:


High in the Dolomites of northeastern Italy, Italian researchers chipping away at rocks formed more than 200 million years ago found two miniscule mites and a fly preserved in tiny drops of amber. Highly-magnified photographs of the creatures show the mites, in particular, to be perfectly preserved. At 230 million years old, they're about 100 million years older than the oldest previous find of their kind.

The bugs probably fed off the leaves of the tree in whose resin they were eventually preserved. Researchers say the discovery shows the mites' ability to adapt to changing evolutionary conditions. For film lovers, though, it has striking echoes of the Stephen Spielberg blockbuster, Jurassic Park, in which a team of scientists use the DNA of a mosquito preserved in amber to recreate dinosaurs with predictably terrifying results.

Quiz 聽力測試

What have scientists found?

Two mites and a fly.

How many years have they been preserved?

230 million years.

What does the phrase 「striking echoes」 mean?

It means there are surprising similarities.

Who was the film director of Jurassic Park?

Stephen Spielberg.

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