'Unicorn' Ant with Oversized Jaws in Burmese Amber

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'Unicorn' Ant with Oversized Jaws in Burmese Amber

Post by KoKo » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:43 am

n a paper published last week in the journal Current Biology, scientists described a new species of trap-jaw ant found in 99 million-year-old pieces of Burmese amber.

The new species is named Ceratomyrmex ellenbergeri and belongs to the tribe Haidomyrmecini, possibly the earliest ant lineage.

Ceratomyrmex ellenbergeri lived during the Creataceous period, 99 million years ago, according to lead co-author Dr. Bo Wang of the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology and his colleagues.

Workers of this ant species had a prominent horn and oversized, scythelike mandibles.

Full story: sci-news

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