Fossil Fly from Antarctica

A tiny fly fossil has turned up about 500 kilometers from the South Pole.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM June 27, 2003

Even if you hate winter, there is at least one nice thing about cold weather and snow: no bugs. Or so you thought.

A tiny fly fossil has turned up in Antarctica, about 500 kilometers from the South Pole. Scientists previously thought that the icy continent was never home to this type of fly, which is distantly related to the houseflies living today.

A fossil pupa fragment (left) found in Antarctica has a pair of spiracles, or breathing holes (arrows), which marks its species as similar to modern blowflies (pupa, right).

A fossil pupa fragment (left) found in Antarctica has a pair of spiracles, or breathing holes (arrows), which marks its species as similar to mode...

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