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‘Old murderer’ bug died 50 million years ago, fossilized with its penis intact –

The preserved insect is a newly described species.



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The broken parts of a tiny Cretaceous insect’s minuscule genitals were recently put back together after spending more than a decade apart. 
Researchers have described a new species of assassin bug from a remarkably well-preserved fossil dating to around 50 million years ago. At the time of the fossil’s discovery in Colorado in 2006, it was split down the middle; when the rock around it was cracked in two, each half held half of the insect’s body. The division was near-perfect, but a tiny structure…

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