A piece of amber collected 50 years ago has yielded a species that was previously unknown to science. A new species of cricket from 20 million years ago was preserved in the amber.
As reported by the Washington Post, the amber was collected in the 1950’s and sat in a lab at the Illinois Natural History Survey until recently. Researchers have been examining the amber and expect to find other new discoveries.
â€œYou donâ€™t have to go out into the jungle to make discoveries,â€ said paleontologist Sam Heads. â€œYou can make them in a museum, and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re doing here every day.â€