Press Releases 2011

9. November 2011

Tiny mite as a stowaway

A German – British research team involving Dr Jason Dunlop and Dr Stefan Wirth from the Museum of Natural History Berlin, today published in the international journal Biology Letters the discovery of a tiny 49 million year old mite in Baltic amber which had attached itself to the head of a spider. Using modern methods of computer tomography 3D images were produced which are a great technical achievement. This mite is less than 0.2 mm long and is the smallest animal in amber to be scanned using this technology. The mite belongs to a group called ‘Astigmata’ which are so small that they don’t need trachea and simply ‘breath’ across their skin.


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