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Meet Jason, the Tiny Beetle Stuck in Amber for 99 Million Years Meet Jason, the Tiny Beetle Stuck in Amber for 99 Million Years

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there—and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber. Just half a millimeter long, this Cretaceous period beetle had its signature fringed wings unfurled when it met its sticky demise.

Fly Trapped in a 3D Printed Block Is a 21st Century Fossil Fly Trapped in a 3D Printed Block Is a 21st Century Fossil

Millions of years ago, unlucky animals settled in the sticky resin of trees, only to be trapped and preserved until we humans found them. Fossils of the distant future, however, will probably be a whole lot weirder than bugs in tree sap.

Scientists Find 100 Million-Year-Old, Nearly Complete Baby Bird Trapped in Amber Scientists Find 100 Million-Year-Old, Nearly Complete Baby Bird Trapped in Amber

This has been a huge year for finding specimens in amber, from bird wings to dinosaur feathers to this ugly-ass bug. But this new finding might be the best one yet: a nearly complete 99-million-year-old baby bird.

This New Amber Discovery Is Like the Start of Jurassic Park but With Ancient Monkeys [Updated] This New Amber Discovery Is Like the Start of Jurassic Park but With Ancient Monkeys [Updated]

A tick sucks some monkey blood. A monkey’s grooming partner picks the tick off. The tick lands in some sap. The whole thing fossilizes. Scientists discover the cells inside the tick in the amber. They turn the blood cells into monkey clones and you’ve essentially got some sort of Jurassic Park in real life.

This Poor Cretaceous Damselfly Has Been Waiting 100 Million Years to Get Laid This Poor Cretaceous Damselfly Has Been Waiting 100 Million Years to Get Laid

Scientists in China have discovered male damselflies caught in the act of trying to court females inside a piece of 100-million-year old amber. It’s an extremely rare find, providing a glimpse of insectoid peacocking behavior during the age of dinosaurs.

This Is Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber This Is Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber

Say hello to Aethiocarenus burmanicus, an ancient insect so strange—and so god awfully ugly—its discoverers had to create an entirely new scientific classification to catalogue it.

Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved in Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved in Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious

Amber delivers a slice of ancient life, showing us everything from early predation to the earliest preserved erect penis. Now, in a 30-year-old amber collection, scientists have found the earliest ancestor of those famous drawing-room mystery poisons, strychnine and curare.

Behold the First Erect Penis Ever Found Preserved in Amber Behold the First Erect Penis Ever Found Preserved in Amber

Researchers working in Burma have uncovered the fossilized remains of a 99-million-year old male daddy longlegs with its penis fully extended and erect. It’s possibly the oldest—and longest held—erection in the history of science.

An Ant With A Parasitic Mite Stuck To Its Head Preserved In Amber An Ant With A Parasitic Mite Stuck To Its Head Preserved In Amber

This ancient ant and its parasitic companion became locked together in amber about 44 to 49 million years ago. It's the oldest known example of a mite attached to its victim.

Massive Collection of Ancient Amber Finally Gives Up Its Secrets Massive Collection of Ancient Amber Finally Gives Up Its Secrets

In the late 1950s, an entomologist named Milton Sanderson collected some 160 pounds of 20 million year old amber in the Dominican Republic. Now, 50 years later, that amber is finally giving up its secrets, including a fascinating insect named for David Attenborough.

This Exquisitely-Preserved 100 Million-Year-Old Fly Is Just Ridiculous This Exquisitely-Preserved 100 Million-Year-Old Fly Is Just Ridiculous

Finding ancient bugs trapped in amber is hardly new, but this Cretaceous-era assassin fly may be the most pristine three-dimensional preservation of an insect we've ever seen.

Dinosaur DNA cannot be extracted from amber Dinosaur DNA cannot be extracted from amber

Well, it looks like we may never have our own Jurassic Park. Scientists at the University of Manchester failed to pull DNA samples from insects trapped in 10,600 year-old amber, leading them to conclude that the chances of extracting intact DNA from samples millions of years older is likely impossible.

Every Lumia Will Get Nokia’s New Smart Camera App Every Lumia Will Get Nokia’s New Smart Camera App

Good news Nokia Lumia owners: everyone will be able to use the fancy new camera tech that the new Lumia 925 comes packing, thanks to an “amber” software update that’ll be hitting your phones soon.

Holy Crap, Here's a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp Holy Crap, Here's a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp

100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider had captured a wasp in his web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. The wasp was going to die watching the spider kill him. The wasp was going to—SPLAT. At that exact moment—one hundred million freaking years ago—tree resin flowed over on…

Mayflies might just have the saddest, most perfectly evolved existence of any species Mayflies might just have the saddest, most perfectly evolved existence of any species

Mayflies spend a year awaiting their birth, and then most die after living just one day. Their sole purpose is to pass on their genes, and most never even bother eating...and that's been the status quo for 100 million years.

Animal sex has never looked this good...or bizarre Animal sex has never looked this good...or bizarre

Deep sea fish assimilating males for extra sperm, flies frozen mid-coitus for 20 million years, and a walrus's penis bone... it's all part of "Sexual Nature", a new exhibition at London's Natural History Museum that spotlights the many awesomely strange forms that animal intercourse can take. Let's go on a Valentine's…

A fifty million-year-old ant, whose existence could change the history of India A fifty million-year-old ant, whose existence could change the history of India

This ant, preserved in amber 50 million years ago, is evidence that we may have dramatically misunderstood the environmental history of India.

USB Amber Alert Child ID Kit USB Amber Alert Child ID Kit

By providing you with an easy way to keep your child's information all in one place, this USB Amber Alert Child ID kit can be a lifesaver in the hopefully unlikely event that your child goes missing. The device gives you a nice software app where you can enter in photos, emails, personal blog URLs, medical…

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