The good news: Researchers have found the first fossilized mosquito still engorged with blood.
Don’t rejoice just yet, Jurassic Park fans. (In other words, hold on to your butts.) The bad news? The tiny insect has no traces of dino DNA.
Dale Greenwalt, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution, discovered the fossil — the first of its kind– which has been preserved in a piece of shale in Montana for 46 million years. But because of its age, the fossil is unlikely to contain anything relating to dinosaurs. (Remember: the park was an adventure 65 million years in the making.) Plus, DNA doesn’t survive this long, and the researchers have no idea from where the blood came.