Fossil In Australia Shows Flies Preserved In Amber 41 Million Years Ago


Researchers also discovered many other species of flies frozen trapped inside amber samples in the fossils from the Late Triassic and early Paleocene period.



A recent discovery of a rare fossil in Victoria, Australia has a pair of mating flies that died and got preserved in the amber for 41 million years in the same posture, as per the open-access study published in a scientific journal.


It is the oldest Australian fossil of mating species found on the record unearthed by the Monash University's School of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment in Melbourne. 


The researchers also discovered many other species of flies frozen trapped inside amber samples in the fossils from the Late Triassic and early Paleocene period. 


After treating the fossils for microscopic assessment, several unique preserves were discovered like the ants from southern Gondwana, the first Australian fossils of wingless hexapods, also known as "slender springtails", a cluster of spiders, two liverwort, two moss species and biting midges, all encased since over a period of thousands of years. 


The preserves were collected from Tasmania's Macquarie Harbour Formation and Victoria's Anglesea Coal Measures, dating back over 50 million and 40 million years by a team of scientists from Australia, Spain, Italy, and the UK. 


"The research furthers our understanding of prehistoric southern ecosystems in Australia and New Zealand during the Late Triassic to mid-Paleogene periods (230–40 million years ago),” Stilwell emphasized.


The findings provided the scientists an insight into the origin and evolution of the modern Australian biota, as per the research published. 


Source - REPUBLIC WORLD

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