This caterpillar is 44 million years old and it’s perfectly preserved

German scientist have discovered a previously unknown species of caterpillar preserved in a piece of amber in the Baltic Sea region.
Caterpillar finds in amber are rarities. The caterpillar got trapped in tree resin 44 million years ago, and it is almost perfectly preserved.
According to experts, it belongs to the Geometridae family of butterflies. Unlike other butterfly species, they have only two or three pairs of legs, compared to the usual five pairs).
In addition, Geometridae is to one of the largest butterfly families including more than 20,000 species. Most of them live on trees and shrubs.
Scientists hope that the discovered larva will help them dig deeper into the evolutionary processes that took place tens of millions of years ago, when flowering plants were not yet common on the planet.


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