Dinosaur blood found in a fossil Mite

Fossil ticks have been found which contained dinosaur blood. Whether with this dinosaur fossils can be raised again as the […]

Fossil ticks have been found which contained dinosaur blood. Whether with this dinosaur fossils can be raised again as the movie Jurassic Park? Science about clonning already discovered decades ago. With only a few cells (not necessarily egg and sperm cells), it is possible to give birth to animals from these cells, as in the method of tissue culture. In the movie Jurassic park, dinosaurs extinct decades ago can be born again with these methods because scientists discover dinosaur fossil in the mosquito's blood. They then produced the cells in the blood of these dinosaurs for dinosaur regenerates. Then what about the blood in the fossil ticks are found scientists some time ago?

Image: Penalver dkk, Nature Communications

Still remember the findings of stone resin in Myanmar that are about 99 years? In this there is a resin-like feathers fur fur is allegedly from a dinosaur-type Theropod allegedly related to the presence of birds at this time.

The latest findings on the feathers, it turns out there are two ticks, on body-mounted bristle allegedly live beetle larvae in the nest of the dinosaurs.

This mite is a parasite of dinosaurs and Dinosaur blood sucking as his food. This finding opens a new view of how ticks become parasites on birds at this time.

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The resin was purchased from merchants stone resin in Myanmar by a collector who then donate it to a museum. The blood that is in the belly of this tick sized half centimeter Scott Anderson said a collector stone resin from Pennsylvania in the Paleontology meeting a few years ago. He hoped that the blood that was smoked by ticks contain dinosaur DNA, can be repaired. Unfortunately not found so there may mengembangbiakkan dinosaur blood cells. He next worked with Ricardo Pérez de la Fuente, a Paleotologis at the Museum of Natural History from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and several other colleagues to determine a better characterization in this sample.

The researchers named the tick it as Deinocroton draculi, or "Dracula's terrible tick". Hair that is sticking on d. draculi is similar to the type of hair found on the type of the current beetle larvae. Currently, the larvae of beetles live stuck to the bird's nest and mammals, eating through the skin or fur. They use sticky hairs to avoid predators, and these hairs can form thick pads which the larvae of this beetle lives, said Pérez de la Fuente. "The possibility of the screenplay is that both these lice entangled hairs beetle larvae as they come to the nest of the dinosaurs."

That makes sense, said Ryan McKellar, a paleontologists at the Museum the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, Canada, who is not involved in the study. For the beetle terawetkan hair along with a pair of fleas it is estimated that they are trapped in the resin which is quite close to the meeting place with the larvae of beetles. It looks like a nest, she said, though it remains unclear what animals the possibility has been building nests. "Researchers have been doing work fantasis by issuing all the possibilities of this ancient snapshots".

The results of this research published in Nature Communication.


1. Penalver, e. et al, 2017, Nature Communications 8, 1924 2. Vogel, g., 2017, the 99-million-year-old ticks sucked the blood of dinosaurs, Science magazine

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