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Very Big Fleas
New evidence of ancient bloodsuckers

Flea problems got you down? Well, count your lucky stars that you’re not raising a pack of pet Brachiosaurus. Recently, paleontologists in China discovered fossil evidence of Jurassic fleas that were as long as a thumbnail with sharp “mouth parts” all the better to dig into dinosaurs’ tough reptilian skin. Shudder.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Frances | March 8 2012 |

Iver 30 years ago I read a short story about a big game hunter who at great expense used time travel to go back in time and bag a huge dinosaur. He shot the poor harmless beast, and was just finishing taking videos of himself with the corpse when the giant fleas - described, as I recall, as the size of Alsatian dogs - started to leave the cooling body and looking around for the nearest warm, moving new host ... it made a lasting impression, as you can tell!

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