A piece of Burmese amber from the Cretaceous Period was found to contain an ancient specimen of tick, called Deinocroton draculi, which means Dracula's Terrible Tick, according to Discover Magazine. And yes, it is engorged with ancient 100 million-year-old blood. Yum.
We've all seen this movie before. Scientists get their hands on some prehistoric blood sucking insect, clone the DNA inside, and before you know it you're being eaten off a toilet by a T-Rex.
Everyone is reacting to the news like IRL Jurassic Park is imminent, and they should start buying up all the dino repellant:
...if only there were some way to know what outcome this would have— Larrissa 🦇 (@ShitsAhoy101) December 14, 2017
Okay, so the bad news is that we won't all be eaten by dinosaurs, which is how I've always hoped to go. The blood in the tick is too degraded for proper analyzation, as part of the body was exposed and thus the blood was oxidized. Hey, it's been a 100 million years, things happen.
The other bad news is that ticks will probably outlive us all, as will all other creepy crawly biting buggos.
But, in a way, that makes me feel more connected to the giant hellbeasts of yore. We both have been bitten by much tinier monsters.