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Re: Cretaceous Butterflies?

> http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994789
> [...] But evidence from
> the five stunning amber specimens now suggests it is possible butterflies
> may have even fluttered around the heads of dinosaurs, which were wiped
> out 65 million years ago.

Well, it suggests no such thing (nor the opposite, however).

> "It would appear it diverged from its closest living relative almost ago
> [40 to 50 million years] ago," Robbins told New Scientist. "That would
> mean that the major families of butterfly already existed, so it would
> appear butterflies are somewhat older than that."

Exactly -- "somewhat", without quantification.