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Vampiric Bat Fly Fossil Discovered

20 million year-old specimen found trapped in amber

When you think of bats, you tend to think of them as the perpetrators of vampiric activity. Even though most of the furry fliers aren't actually bloodsuckers, they've gotten a bad rap with the whole Dracula association. But we typically don't consider them the victims of bloodthirsty parasites. The bat fly, however, has been hard at work sucking the blood of all kinds of bats for millions of years, according to a newly found amber fossil.

New Type of Prehistoric Croc Found in Morocco

What's worse than running into a crocodile when you least expect it? Running into a crocodile that is sporting some serious head protection.

Paleontologists in Morocco have discovered a new kind of prehistoric crocodile. The croc, nicknamed ShieldCroc, sported a shield that surrounded the head area. This croc, measuring at 30 to 35 feet long, probably preyed on other large animals, although scientists believe that its jaw was weaker than those of the crocodiles today.

Saber-Toothed Squirrel Fills Fossil Record Gap

 

Despite the paleontologists' best efforts, the fossil record still remains littered with holes. They're not nearly big enough to put significant doubt into the theory of evolution like some skeptics would like to believe, but they're there for sure. One of the biggest gaps in the record can be found in South America, where we don't really have much of an idea what was going on with mammals from 60 million to 120 million years ago. We know there were some warm-blooded furry things running around; we just don't have as much of an idea what they looked like. Or we didn't, until this little dude showed up. 

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