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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.
Bonnie Blackwell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dept of Geology, (718) 997-3332
Queens College, City University of New York, fax: 997-3349
Flushing, NY 11367-1597