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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

E-bay's Contribution to Science 

An interesting BBC story about an unprecedented mite in a piece of amber bought on e-bay, to be called Mindarus harringtoni.

“I had thought it would be rather nice to call it Mindarus ebayi,” said Dr Harrington.
“Unfortunately using flippant names to describe new species is rather frowned upon these days.”

But this is rather poignant:

He said the insect would have fed on a tree called Pinetes succinifer which is itself now long since extinct.



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