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Posted: Aug 30 2012, 06:03 AM
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Amazing photos ...
Triassic amber yields 'ancient mites'
After a painstaking screen of more than 70,000 droplets, Prof Grimaldi and his team discovered three ancient arthropods - including two species of previously undiscovered mite - entombed within these small resinous gems ...
The ancient mites most likely fed on the leaves of an extinct conifer tree that ultimately preserved them.
"They need to move and have stimulation. They need to be browsing, foraging, socialising. They need to have reason for movement." Pat Derby, PAWS, on elephants' needs.