Rare Antarctic beetle find delights

Rare Antarctic beetle find delights
 

Scientists have made a rare find: a new species of fossil beetle from Antarctica.
It's the first evidence of a ground beetle found on the southernmost continent.
And Antarctic insects are themselves a rarity - the absence of biodiversity is considered a consequence of a lack of moisture, vegetation and the low temperatures.
The specimen is described in the scientific journal Zookeys.
Fossilised forewings from a pair of beetles were discovered on the 200km-long Beardmore Glacier, near the Transantarctic Mountains.
The new species and genus has been named Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle, after... read more

 
29 November 2016 in World News, Views: 33
Source: BBC
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