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. It's a tale as old as time, quite literally as a matter of fact.
Everyone is reacting to the news like IRL Jurassic Park is imminent, and they should start buying up all the dino repellant:
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. We understand that for many people, this is probably the "good news" but clearly those people have never see Jurassic Park. We're hoping that if we get the dinos back, we can also get smokin' hot Jeff Goldblum to lose his shirt and rock that mullet like it's the early '90s all over again.
Anyway, the other bad news is that ticks will probably outlive us all, as will all other creepy crawly biting buggos. Even though we are forced to live in a world with real dinosaurs. It's a shame, really, and a predicament that I think about often.
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.
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