Fossilised flea in amber

Fossilised flea in amber

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Caption: Fossil flea in amber. Close-up of a fossilized flea (order Siphonaptera) preserved in amber. Fleas are small, blood-sucking, wingless insects that parasitize a variety of animals including humans. Amber is a sticky resin produced by wounded pine trees, which sometimes traps and preserves insects as it solidifies. This is one of the few processes by which fossils are preserved in a complete form with their soft tissues intact.

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Keywords: amber, animal, animals, flea, flea in, fossil invertebrate, fossilized, fossilized insect, fossils, in amber, insect, invertebrates, palaeontology, paleontology

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