Messel pit fossil site: a rare Fossil of a parasitic wasp discovered

scientists from the Senckenberg society for nature research have found in the first excavation season this year in the Unesco world heritage Messel pit fossil s

Messel pit fossil site: a rare Fossil of a parasitic wasp discovered

scientists from the Senckenberg society for nature research have found in the first excavation season this year in the Unesco world heritage Messel pit fossil site in Hesse rare, many millions of years old fossils. It was a parasitic living wasp, and, seemingly in flight held the beetle, said the company on Tuesday.

The fossils were about four millimeters in size, and perfect. "Parasitic wasps are rare finds in the Messel pit. The newly discovered Mini-wasp is not received so excellently that even large parts of the tiny sensors are to detect,“ said Sonja Wedmann of the research Institute. In the Corona times, the scientists digging in a smaller Team than usual.

In the pit of Messel (district of Darmstadt-Dieburg) is twice wanted in the year for about four weeks in the oil Shale for fossils. 25 years ago, the Area became the first Unesco world natural heritage site in Germany. With the recognition as a world heritage site is, for example, with the Yellowstone national Park, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands on the same level.

With the meantime, tens of thousands of fossils-can reconstruct finds scientists a relatively accurate picture of the life-world and the climate in the 48 million years ago, tropical-influenced Region.

Updated Date: 30 June 2020, 10:19

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