Eighty-five million-year-old wasp species were discovered by ELTE researchers

According to an announcement on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of ELTE, the ancient wasp species that died out millions of years ago were preserved by a special type of ivy called lips. The researchers gave the newly discovered species special names: one was named after the band 30Y, the other after the grandfather of one of the discoverers, and the third after the geologist Miklós Soós.

These are the first fossil wasp species found in Hungary, so their uniqueness lies not only in the fact that they were previously unknown to science.

Research leader Márton Szabó, a staff member of the Paleontology and Geology Museum of the Hungarian Museum of Natural Sciences (MTM), stated that very few ambers and amber inclusions are known from the late Cretaceous period, therefore their lips “have a gap-filling role”, from which a lot can be learned about the evolution of certain arthropod groups, the late about the fauna of Cretaceous Bakony.

In the announcement, the naming was justified by the fact that several members of the 30Y band spent part of their childhood in Ajka and the name of the city appears in the lyrics of several of the band’s songs, which is how the wasp species was named Ajkanesia harmincipsiloni, informs MTI. The other species was named after Márton Szabó’s grandfather: Béla’s lost toe (Amissidigitus belai), because the grandfather, Béla Szabó, who worked in the coal mines of Ajka, lost one of his toes in a mining accident that could be said to have a fortunate outcome. The name of the third wasp species: Spathiopteryx soosi, is named after Miklós Soós because the geologist has been an enthusiastic supporter of Hungarian dinosaur and amber research for a long time.

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