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Scientists discover 120 million year-old ant
Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:48am EDT | Reporting by Josie Cox, Editing by Mark Trevelyan

Posted on 09/16/2008 10:05:02 AM PDT by null and void

BERLIN (Reuters) - German biologists have discovered a new species of ant they believe is the oldest on the planet, dating back around 120 million years.

Researchers from Karlsruhe's Natural History Museum found the 3-millimeter-long (0.118 inch) insect in the Amazon rainforest in 2007, and hope it will shed light on the early evolution of ants.

"It's by far the most spectacular find of my 26-year career," said museum biologist Manfred Verhaagh on Tuesday.


A new species of Martialis heureka, a blind, subterranean, predatory ant, in an undated photo. German biologists have discovered a new species of ant they believe is the oldest on the planet, dating back around 120 million years.
REUTERS/Microscopic photo by C. Rabeling & M. Verhaagh/National Academy of Sciences/Handout

Scientists from Karlsruhe originally found an unidentified species of ant of a similar type in the Brazilian rainforest in 2003. However, due to an accident in the laboratory, the insect dried up, making further research impossible, Verhaagh said.

Resembling a miniature wasp, the insect is like no other ant, and probably dates back 120 million years, making it the oldest still inhabiting the earth, Verhaagh said. The scientists used DNA samples from its front leg to establish its likely age.

The last discovery of a new ant species was in 1923, he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: crevo; cryptobiology; environment; evolution; godsgravesglyphs
(to the tune of the Pink Panther theme) Dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead ant dead dead dead ant
1 posted on 09/16/2008 10:05:03 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

“Once there was a little ol’ ant, thought he could move a rubbertree plant, but everyone knows that an ant, can’t, mooovvve a rubbertree plant.

But he had hiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hopes, he had hiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hopes....”


2 posted on 09/16/2008 10:07:32 AM PDT by freeagle
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To: null and void

3 posted on 09/16/2008 10:08:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: null and void
Scientists discover 120 million year-old ant

Probably my Ant Gertrude. She fits the bill.

4 posted on 09/16/2008 10:08:13 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: freeagle

You have a hole in your head...


5 posted on 09/16/2008 10:09:20 AM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: null and void

Hmm, it doesn’t look a day over 50 million.


6 posted on 09/16/2008 10:09:37 AM PDT by Reaganesque (Vote: mccain/PALIN 2008!!)
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To: null and void

After 120 million years, that ant needs a walker.


7 posted on 09/16/2008 10:09:37 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Red Badger

OMG! Ant Gertie is a doll compared to that commie skank!


8 posted on 09/16/2008 10:10:07 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: null and void

So, you’re walking around the Amazon jungle, and low and behold, you find an .. ant? I guess in a cave somewhere? How bizarre.


9 posted on 09/16/2008 10:10:51 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: null and void
Scientists discover 120 million year-old ant

And kill it and stick it on a card. ;^)

10 posted on 09/16/2008 10:10:58 AM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: Red Badger
Finally Obamarama’s birth certificate!!
11 posted on 09/16/2008 10:14:36 AM PDT by mmanager (What a mess we are in.)
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To: Red Badger

I KNEW IT! I knew if I click this post that picture would be here!


12 posted on 09/16/2008 10:15:37 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: Obadiah

Naturally!............GMTA!..........


13 posted on 09/16/2008 10:17:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: null and void

Where’s the uncle?


14 posted on 09/16/2008 10:17:35 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: Young Werther

I give up.

Uncle.


15 posted on 09/16/2008 10:18:57 AM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: null and void

And they say McCain’s too old. Hah!


16 posted on 09/16/2008 10:23:36 AM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Am I foolish to explain things? He had such trouble with my name.)
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To: null and void

17 posted on 09/16/2008 10:30:43 AM PDT by Petronski (Please pray for the success of McCain and Palin. Every day, whenever you pray.)
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To: Red Badger

Whoever had -3- in the HT over & under, you’re the winner!


18 posted on 09/16/2008 10:37:12 AM PDT by mikrofon
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To: mikrofon

Ya gotta be fast on the old keyboard thingy!...........


19 posted on 09/16/2008 10:41:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: null and void
A new species of Martialis heureka, a blind, subterranean, predatory ant

Now just what do you think he said when he discovered it??

20 posted on 09/16/2008 10:41:34 AM PDT by mikrofon (And did it come from Mars?)
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To: mikrofon

I’d guess: “I have found it!”


21 posted on 09/16/2008 10:46:34 AM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: null and void; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson
Previously-known form vs. the species on its home planet after 120 million years of evolution:


22 posted on 09/16/2008 10:50:44 AM PDT by mikrofon (Martialis, Heureka!)
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To: null and void

The ants grew eyes and then became “a-i-n’ts” and now there ain’t no ants like that.


23 posted on 09/16/2008 11:06:57 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: null and void
The ant looked at the bugologist through the microscope and said, "Am I too late to catch Sarah Palin in New Mexico?"

The bugologist being a liberal flicked the ant from the rock it was found crawling across as the ant yelled, "drill baby drill!"

They are coming out of the earth for McCain/Palin :-D.

24 posted on 09/16/2008 11:08:34 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: null and void

actually they are german. so he would have said, “ich hab es gefunden.”


25 posted on 09/16/2008 11:14:07 AM PDT by thefactor (contributing nothing of value to threads since 2001...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Subterranean predatory ant ping. Fortunately they are tiny.


26 posted on 09/16/2008 11:14:51 AM PDT by BBell
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To: thefactor; mikrofon

*shrug* It’s all Greek to me...


27 posted on 09/16/2008 11:18:07 AM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: Petronski

lol! I immediately thought of the same person after reading the headline. Thank God I’m not the only one that thinks this way :)


28 posted on 09/16/2008 11:21:19 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: null and void

That’s not a very nice thing to say.

To explain my post.... those are a couple lines of a kids’ song. It goes on to explain how a perseverant little ol’ ant can move a rubber tree plant. The fact that an ant has been around 120 million years reminded me of it.

I guess you don’t have any kids or I’m missing your joke.


29 posted on 09/16/2008 2:33:41 PM PDT by freeagle
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To: null and void

You’ve never heard that song? It was very, very popular about 120 million years ago.


30 posted on 09/16/2008 2:41:03 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: freeagle; durasell

The movie that song was featured in was “Hole in the Head”...


31 posted on 09/16/2008 2:54:55 PM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: null and void

Really?

I have a vague memory of it, now that you mention it.


32 posted on 09/16/2008 2:58:49 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: durasell

Really.

Why I would have that as a piece of trivia that pops instantly to mind? That, I don’t know.

You’d think that I’d save the quick crucial data space for something more significant...


33 posted on 09/16/2008 3:06:30 PM PDT by null and void (When you bang your forehead on the ground five times a day, you get brain damage.)
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To: null and void

Very sorry. My error and you are far wittier and faster than I am!

I’ll have to look up that movie!

Thank you for your grace in explaining.


34 posted on 09/16/2008 9:08:33 PM PDT by freeagle
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To: freeagle

No problem. I should have capitalized it or at least put it in quotes.

I saw it when it was still in theaters..


35 posted on 09/16/2008 9:45:47 PM PDT by null and void (0bama: one year's experience. Biden: one year's experience, thirty times...)
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Strange ‘Ant From Mars’ Discovered in Amazon Rainforest
foxnews | September 16, 2008
Posted on 09/16/2008 9:12:42 PM PDT by Justice Department
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2084048/posts


36 posted on 09/16/2008 11:21:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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37 posted on 09/16/2008 11:22:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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