Weirdo ancient beetle looks like a scrub brush

A tree in an ancient forest sits covered in moss, lichens and craggy bark — when suddenly, a chunk of that bark begins to scuttle around. 

But it’s not the bark that’s scurrying; it’s a bizarre little creature called Stegastochlidus saraemcheana, a newfound genus and species of cylindrical bark beetle. Scientists recovered the creature, which looks like a walking scrub brush, from 100-million-year-old amber collected in the Hukawng Valley of northern Myanmar. That dates the beetle back to the Cretaceous, the period between 145.5 million and 65.5 million years ago.

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