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New Insect Discovered - on Ebay

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posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 11:46 PM
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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.


www.ananova.com...

I like stories like these. It serves the idea that there are undiscoved treasures to be discovered in plain sight and that again, we simply are scratching the surface on entimology.
The fact that Dr. Harrington bought the piece, even though not surprising considering his position, is pretty astronomical.
Finally, I realize this is a story from August, but I ran through the boards and didn't see it - I hope this isn't a re-run.

ColoradoJens

[edit on 17-10-2008 by ColoradoJens]




posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 10:22 AM
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Check out this link for a gander at the new bugger.

Also, I saw your thread in bbq forum... and I wanted to bump your junk. I still have an insect collection from my childhood days. There was a time in my youth when I wanted to become an entomologist!


anyways... peace,
-SJ76



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 10:34 AM
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Scramjet:

I had the fortunate/unfortunate experience of working in pet store in college and always found insects and spiders to be fascinating. Leave crickets out of the equation. We had a huge praying mantis no one would buy. I once had the unbelievable experience of sitting down eating lunch on a hike in S.A. and watching as a foot long mother walking stick and her little inch long baby walked right on by.

Thanks for the image link. One thing that struck me and it may be ignorance, is that the Dr. paid 20 pounds for the amber - I thought it would have cost more, especially with the aphid. Is this common?

ColoradoJens



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 11:59 AM
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I am absolutely convinced that we should do more exploring on our own planet before we run off to Mars. There is def. more things here that we have yet to discover. The bug from your post reminds me of the one from Jurassic Park in the old guys cane. Nice post!



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 12:28 PM
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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.


ColoradoJens



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 08:44 PM
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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.


ColoradoJens


They were Western Lowland Gorillas, not mountain Gorillas.



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 08:45 PM
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Lol, interesting to say the least. Its no the first time something odd, new and bizarre has come out of the bay.



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 10:25 PM
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hey CJ,

That's pretty cool!

I remember being 11-12 (max) years old and somehow my parents connected with this lady (who lived in the next town over) who has one of the largest private insect collections in the state. She had a whole basement devoted to her hobby. It was unreal to say the least..



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 11:15 PM
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ColoradoJens ---> HERE's TO BUMPIN THE JUNK, YO!

While I find it very cool that we as a species are discovering new things everyday here on Earth, I also find it a little sad that it was discovered on EBAY - I guess that says alot about the state of our society today.

Why, back in my day if I had a piece of amber with a bug in it I would have taken it to my biology teacher or at least traded it at lunch for a Transformers© Hacky-Sack, a Knight Rider© lunch box and a Gorman Thomas rookie card from some poor misguided freshman.

Well off I go to search EBAY - maybe my lifes " DISCOVERY " is waiting for me.

Thanks for posting - it was a good read.

Dorian Soran



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 11:44 PM
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That's pretty interesting...I wonder if a bunch of scientists will start scrolling through e-Bay looking for new species now!


To get off topic just for a bit, every time I hear the word aphid I get creeped out...there's some relatively recent movie I saw (I think it was called Bug or Bugs?) where this guy and girl scratch themselves raw because they think they have a bunch of aphids all over them.

Back on topic, it's amazing the discoveries we are still able to make on Earth. I read somewhere that we know more about the Moon's surface than we do our deep oceans. Not sure the validity of that claim, but if true it certainly puts things in perspective!!



posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 11:54 PM
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Thanks for the post! I hope it is more just a reflection of "luck" on this professor's part than the state of our phds' research - I have no idea to be honest.

Also, I spit water on my keyboard when you mentioned stealing a "Stormin' Gormin" rookie card from a freshman. Ah, the ole' BrewCrew.


ColoradoJens

[edit on 17-10-2008 by ColoradoJens]



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