A prehistoric myreart with horns and a kæbeparti, reminiscent of a scythe, was for 99 million years ago encased in a piece of amber, while it was in the process of attacking an extinct relative of today's cockroaches.
the Fight between the ant, which goes in English also goes by the name of ’Hell ant’ - helvedsmyre, and kakerlakken (Caputoraptor elegans), was recently unveiled by the american, French and chinese researchers in the scientific journal Current Biology. It writes Science.dk.
Found it first, which shows how the Kridttidens helvedsmyrer (Haidomyrmecine) attack their prey.
the Ant used his scythe-like jaw to maintain kakerlakken, as the so spiddede with its hornlignende pendant.
Ravklumpen provides an invaluable insight into how the ants developed evolutionarily, the researchers say:
- Petrified behavior is exceedingly rare, especially the abandonment of the prey, exults the head of research, Phillip Barden from the Department of Biological Species on the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a press release, according to the Science.dk.
so far, palaeontologists have had to settle for to set up hypotheses about how helvedsmyrerne used their spectacular kæbeparti, when they did exchange. Hypotheses based on previous findings of helvedsmyrer during the excavations.
the Researchers ' hypothesis has been, that helvedsmyrerne moved their kæbeparti up and down in a motion that is not seen in today's ants. The hypothesis is confirmed by the fossilized fangstakt.
- Since the first helvedsmyrer was excavated about 100 years ago, it has been a mystery why these ants are so different from those we know today, says Phillip Bard in the press release, according to Science.dk.
the Researchers believe that the aggressive helvedsmyre and a variety of other prehistoric species of ants extinct in one of the big masseudryddelser 65 million years ago. Kakerlakken, which is being attacked by helvedsmyren, is also extinct today.
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