Wednesday, August 27, 2008
A British entomologist, Dr. Richard Harrington, spotted an interesting-looking insect fossil offered by a Lithuanian man on eBay. He paid 20 pounds for it. When he could not identify the amber-encased insect after viewing it directly, he sent it to a Danish aphid expert who told him it was a new species: Mindarus harringtoni. Harrington said, "It's not uncommon to find insects in amber... but I'm not sure that one has turned up on eBay that has been undiscovered before."