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April 24 2014

100-Million-Year-Old Assassin Flies Found in Burmese Amber


Paleontologists have described a new species of assassin fly found preserved in two pieces of 100-million-year-old Burmese amber.

Assassin flies are named for their fierce predation strategy they ambush and catch their prey in flight. Once caught, the flies puncture the armor-like skeleton of their prey, inject them with digestive fluids and extract the nutrients within.

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