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Jurassic Pain: Giant 'Flea-like' Insects Plagued Dinosaurs 165 Million Years Ago

Published: May 1, 2012.
Released by Oregon State University  

CORVALLIS, Ore. – It takes a gutsy insect to sneak up on a huge dinosaur while it sleeps, crawl onto its soft underbelly and give it a bite that might have felt like a needle going in – but giant "flea-like" animals, possibly the oldest of their type ever discovered, probably did just that.

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Solomon Islands Dolphin Hunts Cast Spotlight on Small Cetacean Survival
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Global Decline of Large Herbivores May Lead to an 'Empty Landscape'
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