Extinct wasp species gets named after David Bowie’s alter ego

Scientists from the University of Normal capital in China have named a newly discovered extinct wasp species, but 1000 million years after the alter ego of English musician David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust.

The newly discovered species is one of two unidentified wasp specimens found by scientists in an exceptionally well-preserved Burmese amber state. After the analysis, the two samples were found to represent new species for science.

Of these two wasps, one of them showed similarities with modern group of wasps of the current genus Archaeoteleia showy, long considered an ancient lineage.

However, he switched from Archaeoteleia when the old wasp trapped in tree resin costs, the researchers said. They called the fossil Archaeoteleia astropulvis. The name of the species, astropulvis, is translated from the Latin like “dust of stars”.

According to the team of scientists, a novice might not be able to recognize the characters that attach the fossil to existing species because of the modern class of clove species show antenneally visibly longer segments and a different number of teeth the jaw relative to the fossil .

The name for both “old source of atoms that make up our planet and its people,” and to commemorate David Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, researchers said.

The second new species belongs to a genus (Proteroscelio) known only from Cretaceous fossils. Similarly, there is a small insect, which measures less than 2millimètres, researchers said.

It also plays an important role in taxonomy by expanding the known anatomical diversity of this extinct genus.

“The discovery, especially the mouth of the star dust and placing it in an existing genus, where it is the only species of fossils,” illustrates the importance of understanding the existing fauna of a taxon to interpret the fossil, “whose researchers Li Said China Longfeng Normal University Capitol.

“Such binding and existing fossil morphologies is particularly enlightening and requires an examination of both specimens,” they add.

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