A hard tick with a dinosaur feather preserved in 99 million-year-old amber; photo credit: E. Peñalver et al. / Nature Communications
Ticks are for dinosaurs.
Even the dinosaurs were plagued by ticks. The featured photo above shows an ancient tick found preserved alongside a dinosaur feather in Burmese amber.
The find will be a great learning opportunity, but will fall short of being able to extract DNA from the decayed blood in its belly… unless you hold out hope and can put faith in the tabloids. Reputable scientists, however, say ‘not so fast’ and that there’s zero chance to pull it off…