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The terrible jaws of the “Vladi”, l'the ancient formica vampire with the horn metal

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The terrible jaws of the “Vladi”, l'the ancient formica vampire with the horn metal
THE "VAMPIRE" and è was stopped, frozen in 'moment of feed on his prey, wrapped in a drop of resin to 98 million years ago. L'amber, which traps and preserves living beings from remote past of our planet, has returned for anor specimen of species with details fascinating and disturbing. Jaws relentless, blood meals, and a unicorn of metal: a nightmare along a few centimeters. It is an ant, a new species discovered in Myanmar and lived about 98 million years ago. Time is extinct, but its 'diet', and some of its characteristics, including capture of prey, y pale in comparison to its cousin, modern, più ruthless. Researchers l'were baptized "Linguamyrmex vladi", in honour of prince of Walachia, to which Bram Stoker è inspired to create character of vampire.The ant vampire trapped in amber According to a study published in journal Systematic Enthomology by a team from New Jersey Institute of technology led by professor Phillip Barden, in fact, "Linguamyrmex vladi" eating of blood (more precisely hemolymph) of insects, its prey which fell between its jaws. And just one of se prey, larva of beetle, seems to have been preserved to us all'within drop of amber. Maybe it was next course of his menu, which he was about to fall a victim in its pincers.L'anatomy of this ant distinguishes it from any or species, modern and according to entomologists can not be regarded as ir ancestors, becauseé are extinct too soon. The haidomyrmecine, lived in Cretaceous period, and are known in English as "hell ants" (ants of 'hell) for ir ferocious appearance. "Vladi" forò is seems far more fearsome, not only for his eating habits.Unlike ants of today, who have jaws pointing down and close as a pincers, se snapping towards l'high once prey had come into contact with receptors, a species of hair, that surrounded her. The jaws intrappolavano così l'animal by closing it in a vise with horn placed over head, forming a kind of funnel that collected blood of prey, now out of fight.But it is not; everything, from scanning to X-rays, in fact, it seems that his horn was reinforced with metal: calcium, zinc, manganese and iron (perhaps stolen from same prey). Not an innate characteristic, but a 'praticà also common to or insects, to strengn with this system, parts of più stressed during l'attack.From' amber of valley of Hukawng in north of state, and or sites of Country, researchers expect to find or precious frames of hunting of this ant. It is in fact an area that has già returned many copies più different from past eras: from  flowers, dinosaur to birds, preserved in fossilized resin of ancient forests.


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