27 October 2006

Bee gone?

This tiny little fellow from Burma (Myanmar) is causing much interest in biology — by stretching the starting-line for bees back by 35-45,000,000 years earlier than it should, er, bee.

Also, he’s not bee-ing normal (ie, he’s not just a thrown-back bee as usual), he has aspects of wasp about him as well.

Sadly, because he is a he and not a she, we probably won’t discover what sort of pollen this kind of bee fossicks after, ’coz the femmes do the collecting. I guess that would be hoping for too much info from one find. (-:

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