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Jurassic Park-esque Find: Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil

 
Jurassic Park-esque Find: Blood-Filled Mosquito Fossil
Posted October 15th, 2013 @ 12:07pm by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– OK, so the mosquito is only 46 million years old—too recent to have sucked dinosaur blood. But for the first time in history, scientists have found a fossilized skeeter that's still got a belly full of blood, harkening back to the plot of Jurassic Park, the Smithsonian points out. The specimen was actually found by a grad student, Kurt Constenius, 30 years ago in northwestern Montana, but it spent the intervening years in a basement; until now, no one had quite realized its significance.

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