You’ve Heard of Water Bears, but How About These Ancient Mould Pigs?

An analysis of 30-million-year-old amber has resulted in the discovery of a previously unknown microscopic creature from the Cenozoic period. Bearing a resemblance to tardigrades (aka water bears), these now-extinct “mould pigs,” as they’ve been dubbed, are unlike anything seen before. Read More >>

Gemologist Finds Insect Trapped in Opal Instead of Amber

On a trip to Indonesia, gemologist Brian Berger purchased an opal that appeared to have an insect entombed inside. Insects trapped in amber are a common-enough sight, but in a slow-forming gemstone like opal? Read More >>

Baby Snake That Lived Among Dinosaurs Found Preserved in Amber

Scientists working in Myanmar have uncovered a nearly 100-million-year-old baby snake encased in amber. Dating back to the Late Cretaceous, it’s the oldest known baby snake in the fossil record, and the first snake known to have lived in a forested environment. Read More >>

Fly Trapped in a 3D Printer is a 21st Century Fossil

Millions of years ago, unlucky animals settled in the sticky resin of trees, only to be trapped and preserved until we humans found them. Fossils of the distant future, however, will probably be a whole lot weirder than bugs in tree sap. Read More >>

Scientists Find 99 Million-Year-Old, Mostly Complete Baby Bird Trapped in Amber

This has been a huge year for finding specimens in amber, from bird wings to dinosaur feathers to this ugly-ass bug. But this new finding might be the best one yet: a nearly complete 99-million-year-old baby bird. Read More >>

This New Amber Discovery Is Like the Start of Jurassic Park but With Ancient Monkeys

A tick sucks some monkey blood. A monkey’s grooming partner picks the tick off. The tick lands in some sap. The whole thing fossilises. Scientists discover the cells inside the tick in the amber. They turn the blood cells into monkey clones and you’ve essentially got some sort of Jurassic Park in real life. Read More >>

This Poor Cretaceous Damselfly Has Been Waiting 100 Million Years to Get Laid

Scientists in China have discovered male damselflies caught in the act of trying to court females inside a piece of 100-million-year old amber. It’s an extremely rare find, providing a glimpse of insectoid peacocking behaviour during the age of dinosaurs. Read More >>

This Is Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber

Say hello to Aethiocarenus burmanicus, an ancient insect so strange—and so god awfully ugly—its discoverers had to create an entirely new scientific classification to catalogue it. Read More >>

Ancient Ancestor of Two Notorious Poisons Looks Dangerously Delicious

Amber delivers a slice of ancient life, showing us everything from early predation to the earliest preserved erect penis. Now, in a 30-year-old amber collection, scientists have found the earliest ancestor of those famous drawing-room mystery poisons, strychnine and curare. Read More >>

Behold the First Erect Penis Ever Found Preserved in Amber

Researchers working in Burma have uncovered the fossilised remains of a 99-million-year-old male daddy longlegs with its penis fully extended and erect. It’s possibly the oldest — and longest held — erection in the history of science. Read More >>

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Got a WP8 Nokia Lumia? Check For Updates

Anyone with a Windows Phone 8-packing Nokia Lumia should be getting the long-awaited "Amber" update right about now, which brings with it all sorts of new fun toys. The Smart Camera app, the Pro Camera app (only for 920 and 925), and a load of basic camera enhancements are bundled in there, as well as a new lockscreen, some more gestures, and a heap of other fixes. Read More >>

Holy Crap, Here’s a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp

100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider had captured a wasp in his web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. The wasp was going to die watching the spider kill him. The wasp was going to — SPLAT. At that exact moment — one hundred freaking years ago — tree resin flowed over on top of them and froze the two bugs in time for us to see now. Read More >>