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It wasn't birds or bees. Beetles pollinated orchids mllions of years ago, as fossils tell.

New research proves beetles have been pollinating flowers for at least 20 million years. Two pieces of fossilized amber have revealed ancient beetles with orchid pollen on their tentacle-like mouth pieces.

Arthropleura 8.5 ft. long relative of centipedes and millipedes native to the Late Carboniferous (340 - 280 million years ago) of what is now northeastern North America and Scotland.  It is the largest known land invertebrate of all time.

long relative of centipedes and millipedes) was native to the Late Carboniferous million years ago) of what is now NE North America and Scotland. It's the largest known land invertebrate of all time.

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Confuciusornis is a genus of primitive crow-sized birds from the Early Cretaceous Yixian and Jiufotang Formations of China. A Bird-- which surprise: has feathers.

47 million year old Boa snake from the Messel Pit Fossil Site - Senckenberg museum, Frankfurt, Germany. | Photo by Paul Williams, via Flickr. www.IronAmmonitePhotography.com

47 million year old Boa snake. Spent most of day at Senckenberg museum, Frankfurt admiring the famous Messel fossils. by Paul Williams (Iron Ammonite)

The bee was trapped stuck in tree resin, which then hardened. Fossils like this date back to 100 million years ago.

Ancient bee trapped in amber, The Power of Flowers, How to Grow a Planet - BBC Two

fossilized embryo from Cambrian, period dating from 540 million to 485 million years ago and known for an explosion of diversity.

500-Million-Year-Old Embryos Fossilized in Rare Find

A year old Cambrian embryo fossil exposed by acid etching on rock. The polygonal pattern suggests that the embryo was in the multicellular blastula stage of development.

"Sarosuchus skull, next to a modern crocodile skull. #FossilFriday"

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The ancient 'Sarcosuchus imperator' fossil skull dwarfs a modern crocodile skull.

Scientists have uncovered the fossil of a beetle that was likely able to live alongside ants. #Ancient #Beetle #Artifacts

52-million-year-old amber preserves 'ant-loving' beetle

A newly discovered fossil of an "ant-loving" beetle is the oldest example of its species on record, and may help researchers learn more about this social parasite, a new study finds.

Fossil jellyfish: darwin said they were impossible unless they were smothered in a flood ~again, proof that fossils were formed RAPIDLY and not over a long time because a jellyfish, made of soft tissue, would have ROTTED long before fossilization.

Fossil jellyfish: Darwin said they were impossible unless they were smothered in a Flood ~again, proof that fossils were formed RAPIDLY and not over a long time because a jellyfish, made of soft tissue, would have ROTTED long before fossilization.

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