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flowers in the cretaceous



A recent NY Times article reports on a find of several interesting things
from 90-95 Ma amber from NJ.  Included in the finds were:
1.  oak flowers (3 clusters) ergo flowers are well established by
the late cretaceous.
2.  a mosquito with mouth parts long enough to pierce dino skin (hey
shades of JP)
3.  a weevil with preserved muscle tissue from which they hope to get dna
4.  a tick with good mouth parts
5.  a moth with a biting mouth part thought to be transitional from 
the early biting forms to the later nectar draining forms. 
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Bonnie Blackwell,                               bonn@qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu
Dept of Geology,                                (718) 997-3332
Queens College, City University of New York,    fax:  997-3349
Flushing, NY 11367-1597