Ancient bloodsuckers


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#2

Nope. Nope. Nope, nope, nope.


#3

There are half an inch long fleas today? Tell me where I should never, ever go.


#4

Brian Aldiss is proved right AGAIN.
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2011/04/the-deep-history-of-dinosaur-lice/


#5

So. I know what my insomnia will be keeping me awake with tonight. Good job Boing Boing. Thanks.


#6

I keep coming back to a thread about fleas just to watch a gif of a badger jumping off a cliff. Maybe there’s something wrong with me.


#7

Elsewhere in the world, the largest known flea is the Hystrichopsylla schefferi — a flea found in the nest of a mountain beaver in Washington State, USA.

fleafree.co.uk

I guess I’m never going back to Washington.

Also, I had no idea about this:

Genetic and morphological evidence indicates that they are descendants of the Scorpionfly family Boreidae ,which are also flightless; accordingly it is possible that they will eventually be reclassified as a suborder within the Mecoptera.

Wikipedia

Scorpionflies are pretty wild things that look like H. P. Lovecraft invented them.


#8

That thing looks deadly. Until I read the link and found out it’s the genitalia. Nature? WTF?


#9

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