Very Big Fleas

New evidence of ancient bloodsuckers
By Lisa Wogan, March 2012, Updated November 2020

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.

Tags: 

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of several books including Dog Park Wisdom.