Caught in the act: Scientists find oldest fossil of insects getting busy

Fossil of a male and female froghopper having sex

About 165 million years ago — Bam! — froghoppers’ mating session was interrupted by a volcanic eruption.   Now, scientists have unearthed a fossil in China that shows the two creatures immortalized in the act. The discovery, detailed Wednesday (Nov. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the earliest fossil of insect sex ever discovered. It reveals that, at least for a group of sap-sucking insects called froghoppers, sex hasn’t changed much over the last 165 million years.…MORE

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