#BREAKINGNEWS => "Parasitised feathered #dinosaurs as revealed by Cretaceous #amber assemblages" by Peñalver et al (2017), Nature Communications 8. Abstract: "
Ticks are currently among the most prevalent blood-feeding ectoparasites, but their feeding habits and hosts in deep time have long remained speculative. Here, we report direct and indirect evidence in 99 million-year-old #Cretaceous amber showing that hard ticks and ticks of the #extinct new family Deinocrotonidae fed on blood from feathered dinosaurs, non-avialan or avialan excluding crown-group birds. A †Cornupalpatum burmanicumhard tick is entangled in a pennaceous #feather. Two deinocrotonids described as †Deinocroton draculi gen. et sp. nov. have specialised setae from dermestid beetle larvae (hastisetae) attached to their bodies, likely indicating cohabitation in a feathered dinosaur nest. A third conspecific specimen is blood-engorged, its anatomical features suggesting that deinocrotonids fed rapidly to engorgement and had multiple gonotrophic cycles. These findings provide insight into early tick evolution and #ecology, and shed light on poorly known arthropod–vertebrate interactions and potential disease transmission during the #Mesozoic." #Paleontology#Fossils#nature#instanature#life#instalife#geoscience#science#news#dino#instatoday#instaday#discovered
ANOTHA ONE *In @djkhaled's voice*
Because I just have so much fun making these polymer clay feather pendants, especially since the colors are limitless (these are White Pearl and Turquoise wrapped in gold wire). What color would you choose if you could choose any?