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A scientist has discovered a previously unknown insect - on eBay.
Dr Richard Harrington paid £20 for the fossilised insect encased in amber, reports the Daily Telegraph.
He thought it would make an interesting curio - but it turned out to be a long extinct and previously unknown species of aphid.
It has now been named after Dr Harrington, vice-president of the UK's Royal Entomological Society, who specialises in aphids.
Originally posted by ColoradoJens
Reply to KaginD (why no reply function again today?)
Thanks for the response KaginD, I couldn't agree more. People are amazed when you get into a discussion with them regarding how much is still uncovered here on earth. Quick off the top of my head recent examples:
worlds deepest fish filmed this week
1st ever dive to bottom of Lake Bikal (sp?) in Russia (I believe worlds deepest lake) a few months ago
Hundreds of new species discovered off Australia's Barrier reef a few weeks ago
The shocking discovery of 125,000 mountain gorillas (how did we miss THAT one?) a couple months back.
I'll try to drum up some links but I think you get my drift.