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  • Ancient 'fig wasp' lived tens of millions of years before figs

    Although it lived roughly 65 million years before the earliest known occurrence of figs, the fossil wasp's ovipositor closely resembles those of today's fig wasps.

    Although it lived roughly 65 million years before the earliest known occurrence of figs, the fossil wasp's ovipositor closely resembles those of today's fig wasps.

    Photo by Sergio Jansen Gonzalez with insert by Sam Heads

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  • To reach Sam Heads , call 217-244-9448; email swheads@illinois.edu. The paper, “A New Parasitoid Wasp (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) From the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil: The First Mesozoic Peteromalidae,” is available online.