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Peter Vršanský from the Geological Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, and his team, who examined the insect, say its long neck, which allows the head to rotate freely, and unusually long legs, suggest that it actively pursued prey. The fossilised insect, called Manipulator modificaputis, was discovered at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar.
During the early Cretaceous period when it lived, several predatory cockroach-like lineages evolved. Only one group survives today: the praying mantises, which have similar front legs to the fossil, and are closely related to cockroaches.
originally posted by: Kapusta
a reply to: FaceMyBook
Whelp, you should try looking at these thigs move they. Mimic other insects. For instance the one in the pic looks like a wasp it also moves and acts just like a wasp.
Also their is a mantis fly "ant" that moves and acts like an ant .
Tell me that anint creepy!!!
originally posted by: redtic
First, seeing a living thing as it existed 100 million years ago is an extremely cool thing, and a bit mind boggling. Thanks for that.
I'm curious on size - a quick google doesn't turn anything up. Wasn't everything bigger back then?