The good news: Researchers have found the first fossilized mosquito still engorged with blood.
Don’t rejoice just yet, Jurassic Park fans. (In other words, hold on to your butts.) The bad news? The tiny insect has no traces of dino DNA.
Dale Greenwalt, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution, discovered the fossil — the first of its kind– which has been preserved in a piece of shale in Montana for 46 million years. But because of its age, the fossil is unlikely to contain anything relating to dinosaurs. (Remember: the park was an adventure 65 million years in the making.) Plus, DNA doesn’t survive this long, and the researchers have no idea from where the blood came.
Either way, the find is an impressive feat: “It is an extremely rare fossil, the only one of its kind in the world,” Greenwalt told ABC News.
Unlike the amber-preserved creature from the 1993 film, this mosquito ate its last meal, then likely got caught in the mucus of an algae-coated lake. Greenwalt also acknowledged the fictional scene’s influence, telling ABC News that it “kind of predicted what we might be looking at in the future.”
Still, this means we won’t be gazing in awe at brontosauri (or, thankfully, fleeing in terror from velociraptors) anytime soon. We’ll leave that to movie magic.