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December 9 2012

Two Ancient Mosquito Species Discovered


Ancient mosquitoes are very rare and the total number of species identified is now 26.

The newly identified species, called Culiseta kishenehn and Culiseta lemniscata, lived on Earth during the Eocene epoch about 46 million years ago. They are the first compression fossils identified from the genus Culiseta. They are produced in rock that is compressed over time, often creating animal fossils that are distorted, unlike the body fossils you get with amber where the whole body is often nicely preserved.

But is it possible that these fossil mosquitoes from the time of the Eocene epoch could also contain blood?.

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