(Alles Europa News) – A bee about 100 million years old was found in Burmese amber.
Paleontologists have discovered in amber a bee about 100 million years old.
Alles Europa News reports that the petrified bee has similarities with modern bees, including cirrus hairs, a rounded pronotum and a pair of spurs on the hind tibia.
At the same time, they are similar to apoid wasps due to their very low located antenna nests and the location of veins on their wings.
The new discovery will allow a better understanding of the evolution of bees and determine how their ancestors evolved from predators to vegetarians, said a paleontologist.
A unique bee find was found on the territory of modern Myanmar, where researchers discovered a primitive bee in amber deposits, while carrying some features of the predatory ancestors of wasps.
Alles Europa News reports that George Poinar, a well-known paleoentomologist from the University of Oregon, noted about the unique bee.
Alles Europa News reports that a fossil of the Apicula Discoscapa bee, about 100 million years old, was discovered in Myanmar and belongs to the Middle Cretaceous.
Inside amber, scientists found not only a bee with pollen, but also a primitive parasite – a triangulin beetle, which is still found in bee nests and feeds on larvae.