Latest News:  
Beijing   Light snow/Overcast    5 / -2   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Fossils of giant fleas discovered in north China

(Xinhua)

08:44, March 02, 2012

Huang Diying, a research fellow with the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, shows fossils of giant fleas in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Feb. 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Sun Can)

The fossils, which were discovered in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Liaoning Province, have revealed the existence of giant fleas dating back to the mid-Jurassic era, when dinosaurs still lived on Earth, according to a report published recently on the website of the scientific journal Nature. The fossils date back as far as 165 million years, making them the oldest known evidence of fleas, according to Huang, who led a study of the fossils. He said the ancient fleas were as long as 2 cm, while modern fleas are typically 1 to 3 mm long. "Ancient fleas had stiff bristles, strong claws and longer blood siphons, allowing them to suck blood from dinosaurs," Huang said. He said ancient fleas did not have the powerful hind legs seen on modern fleas, although their flat bodies made it easy for them to latch onto a variety of animals.

【1】 【2】 【3】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:雪萌)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. CPPCC members arrive in Beijing

  2. 1st training by aerobatics team of air force in 2012

  3. Heavy drought hits Fumin county in Kunming

  4. Chinese architect wins 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Political dialogue is right solution to Syrian crisis
  2. West's pressure no sway on China's defense budget
  3. Manila returns to usual games of cat and mouse
  4. How should China cope with US return to Asia?
  5. China-US relations have become irreversible
  6. Safe food not just for champions and govt officials
  7. Questions facing NATO's strategic transformation
  8. US, DPRK talks offer window into new leadership
  9. Chinese people's feelings cannot be hurt
  10. US far from being model of social wealth distribution

What's happening in China

Starbucks China: Brewing up a success coffee story

  1. Regular direct Chengdu-Bombay flight in May
  2. Leakage from website poses threat to netizens
  3. Tianjin to put 1,000 electric buses into service
  4. Chinese fossils bear evidence of Jurassic-era fleas
  5. China Southern orders 10 B777 jets

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai