posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 06:57 AM
Scientists discovered these fossils of huge fleas, from 150 million years ago. They are about 2cm in length, that is almost an inch!
The fossils was discovered in China, and gives us an interesting look at them.
Apparently, these fleas could not jump as the ones we know today. Their hind legs does not have the same setup as todays fleas. This means they had to
stalk their prey, ambush them, and then get on them, to suck their blood.
What those hosts were is another question. “The mouthparts are certainly overkill for piercing the hides of early mammals and birds,” says Engel.
“It really appears as though they were specialized for working their way into some heavy hides, such as those on dinosaurs.”
Phew, so glad these guys are not around today anymore!
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