Dinosaurs Could Not Had Parasites After All

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Paleontologists used to believe that dinosaurs had fleas and other parasites, but now a new study terminates that the insects were truly marine or amphibious flies.
The study, published in the journal Nature, focuses on mysterious Jurassic insects called strashilids. The same team that formerly conjectures about the fleas has amended its unique theory.
Diying Huang of the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology and colleagues first thought that strashilids were huge fleas.
Nearer exploration of the Jurassic insects finds that they weren’t parasites. Previously, their pincer-like legs were thought to help the insects hug to hosts. Huang and the other researchers, conversely, recommend that they were used for avaricious mates during copulation. This theory gets a boost from fossils showing the insects having sex.
In addition to this rather voyeuristic invention, the researchers noticed that males obsessed abdominal respiratory gills. This point is to a life in the water.
The creatures appear to have been highly focused winged insects instead of parasites. They shed their wings shortly after appearance and then crawled into the water to mate. They appear to have lived at the same time dinosaurs did, leading to a case of mistaken identity.
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