Dinosaurs in his lifetime was allegedly not immune from interference lice . lice dinosaur has size 10 times larger than the size of the dog lice .
Fossils were discovered by scientists in China. Fossil creature called Pseudopulex jurassicus and Pseudopulex magnus is published by the journal Current Biology recent. The fossils were preserved so well that many things can be revealed about life in the Jurassic and Cretaceous.
“Insects findings were much larger than the modern fleas, and proboscis seen from the plunger, fleas past the possibility of malignant,” said George Poinar, a professor emeritus of zoology at Oregon State University, United States, as quoted by ScienceDaily, May 3 edition of 2012. Poinar also write comments related to the fossil findings in The Journal Current Biology.
Pseudopulex jurassicus and Pseudopulex magnus living in 165 million years ago. Animals are thought to suck the blood of dinosaurs.
Poinar said, “The ancient insect body is flat with long claws that enable a firm grip on the dinosaur’s body as long as they suck the blood of animals.”
Open the possibility that a lice fossil is the ancestor of modern fleas, but other, more powerful notion is different from the ancient lice lineages with modern fleas. In fact, probably the ancestors of the descendants of an extinct type of lice .
Lice adapt to prey on warm-blooded vertebrates. About 94 percent of the 2300 species of mammals and the remaining fleas attack attack poultry. The unique characteristics of the ancient lice , making investigators suspect animal prey dinosaurs.
Own well-known modern lice carry a lot of trouble. In addition to torturing dogs and cats, lice carry diseases like bubonic plague that killed 75 million people in the world.
- pseudopulex magnus
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