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    Prehistoric Ticks Discovered Preserved in Amber

    And we still can’t get rid of them. Burmese amber from 99 million years ago has yielded five prehistoric ticks — one tangled in a dinosaur feather — suggesting the little suckers were pestering dinosaurs long before exasperating humans. The discovery includes a previously unknown species, Deinocroton draculi, or “Dracula’s terrible tick,” which is unlike any living today. While scientists aren’t planning a real-life Jurassic Park — they can’t analyze degraded DNA in the blood preserved inside the parasites — they’re not ruling it out forever, noting, “Science advances very fast.”

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