‘Old murderer’ bug died 50 million years ago, fossilized with its penis intact

The broken parts of a tiny Cretaceous insect’s minuscule genitals were recently put back together after spending more than a decade apart. 

Researchers have described a new species of assassin bug from a remarkably well-preserved fossil dating to around 50 million years ago. At the time of the fossil’s discovery in Colorado in 2006, it was split down the middle; when the rock around it was cracked in two, each half held half of the insect’s body. The division was near-perfect, but a tiny structure called a pygophore — the male insect’s genital capsule, about the size of a rice grain — was broken in such a way that its original shape was obscured, the scientists revealed in a statement

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