E.T.-Like Insect Found Trapped in Amber


Meet Aethiocarenus burmanicus. It’s a 100-million-year-old insect from Myanmar trapped in a glob of amber. It has a triangular head with two bulging eyes that make it look a bit like the alien star of the 1982 sci-fi hit “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” The insect is so different, it was given its own scientific order: Aethiocarenodea.

“I had never really seen anything like it. It appears to be unique in the insect world, and after considerable discussion we decided it had to take its place in a new order,” said Oregon State University entomologist George Poinar, Jr, co-author of a study published online in Cretaceous Research in late December and scheduled for the journal’s April 2017 issue.

Poinar is the one who drew a connection between the insect’s appearance and that of E.T. “When I first saw this fossil, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought it had to be an alien,” he said.

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SOURCE: Cnet, Amanda Kooser