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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.

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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