Cockroach dating fossil history million

Unearthed in modern-day Belgium, the humble bug now looks set to plug a giant gap in the fossil record.

Named Strudiella devonica, the eight-millimetre invertebrate -- while in far from mint condition -- is thought by researchers who published their findings in Nature on Wednesday to be the world's oldest complete insect fossil.

Indeed, cockroaches are believed to be ancestral to termites.

There are some 4000 extant species, only 1% of which will live in homes.

"It has everything an insect should have: the legs, the antennae, the thorax and the abdomen," said Andre Nel of France's National History Museum, one of the authors of the study.

Scientists until now had few if any confirmed insect fossils from between 385 and 325 million years ago, a period known as the Hexapoda Gap, William A.

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It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night.

In 1951 scientists thought they had found a new invader on American soil.

Ectobius, a cockroach found throughout Europe and Africa, had begun turning up in homes in Massachusetts.

Peter Vršanský from the Geological Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Günter Bechly from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, who examined the insect, say its long neck, which allows the head to rotate freely, and unusually long legs, suggest that it actively pursued prey.

The fossilised insect, called Manipulator modificaputis, was discovered at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar.

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