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Image from Stuart Williams I was asked to talk about wasps over on tumblr, and I put so much effort into the resulting post that I figured I'd better cross-post it over here, too. The fear of wasps...

Image from Stuart Williams I was asked to talk about wasps over on tumblr, and I put so much effort into the resulting post that I figured I'd better cross-post it over here, too. The fear of wasps...

Fossil dragonfly, Isophlebia aspasia, Upper Jurassic, 163.5 to 145 million years ago

Fossil dragonfly, Isophlebia aspasia, Upper Jurassic, 163.5 to 145 million years ago

Fossilized Frog from the Messel Pit, Germany ( 47 million years old- The pit deposits were formed during the Eocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period)

Fossilized Frog from the Messel Pit, Germany ( 47 million years old- The pit deposits were formed during the Eocene Epoch of the Paleogene Period)

Wall "mural" of real Knightia and Diplomystus fossilized fish. On auction in Bonham's "Distinguished Fossils" sale.

Wall "mural" of real Knightia and Diplomystus fossilized fish. On auction in Bonham's "Distinguished Fossils" sale.

Rare Insect Fossil Reveals 100 Million Years of Evolutionary Stasis...Researchers have discovered the 100 million-year-old ancestor of a group of large, carnivorous, cricket-like insects that still live today in S Asia, N Indochina and Africa. The new find, in a limestone fossil bed in NE Brazil, corrects the mistaken classification of another fossil of this type and reveals that the genus has undergone very little evolutionary change since the Early Cretaceous Period.

Rare Insect Fossil Reveals 100 Million Years of Evolutionary Stasis...Researchers have discovered the 100 million-year-old ancestor of a group of large, carnivorous, cricket-like insects that still live today in S Asia, N Indochina and Africa. The new find, in a limestone fossil bed in NE Brazil, corrects the mistaken classification of another fossil of this type and reveals that the genus has undergone very little evolutionary change since the Early Cretaceous Period.

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