Researchers from University of Padova and the University of Gottingen have discovered the oldest bugs on Earth trapped in amber samples from northeastern Italy. The findings are 230 million-year-old arthropods from the Late Triassic (Carnian). Image courtesy of A. Schmidt/University of Gottingen
Any preserved fossil in amber is a great gift for paleontologists, thanks to the high level of preservation.
Arthropods are among the oldest forms of life on Earth, back from some 400 million years.
The amber droplets, most between 2-6 millimeters long, were buried in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy and about 70,000 of them were screened for inclusions.