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Earliest known cave-dwelling animal is a 99-million-year-old cockroach

Life 20 February 2020 By Michael Marshall This cockroach lived in caves during the era of the dinosaursPeter Vršanský/Sendi et al. 2020A cockroach preserved in amber is the earliest cave-dwelling animal identified from the dinosaur era. All other known cave-dwellers have lived much more recently. The specimen was found in amber in the Hukawng Valley…



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20 February 2020

By Michael Marshall

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This cockroach lived in caves during the era of the dinosaurs

Peter Vršanský/Sendi et al. 2020

A cockroach preserved in amber is the earliest cave-dwelling animal identified from the dinosaur era. All other known cave-dwellers have lived much more recently.

The specimen was found in amber in the Hukawng Valley in Myanmar. The rocks where it was found are 99 million years old – they were laid down halfway through the Cretaceous period, when the last dinosaurs lived.

This new Cretaceous cockroach has been dubbed Mulleriblattina bowangi by a team led by Peter Vršanský at the Slovak Academy …

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