|by D. Huang|
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.
-Augustus De Morgan
It only makes sense that even dinosaurs had "little bugs that bite em," although they would likely have required industrial strength mouth parts. It turns out that they did.
The Washington Post reports the discovery in China of two ancient species of fleas that were up to 10 times larger than our current variety. The largest of these were up to an inch long and came equipped with a very elongated mouth including a very sharp "siphon," likely able to penetrate the thick hide of a dinosaur or anything else of interest.
|Castrocardia- Mark A. Klingler/CMNH)|
If you want a fact to remember out of this post to impress your friends, we have this biological pearl of knowledge from Dr. Chris Barnhart.
"The difference between a dinosaur and a flea? A dinosaur can have fleas, but a flea can't have dinosaurs."