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Tech & Science Surprisingly, Bed Bugs Are As Old As Dinosaurs

02:30  18 may  2019
02:30  18 may  2019 Source:   popularmechanics.com

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Bed bugs have been annoying—for a very long time. A study published in Current Biology shows that bedbugs are nearly 100 million years old —nearly twice as old as bats which were previously thought to be the first carriers of bedbugs .

Bed bugs scuttled the Earth 100 million years ago alongside the dinosaurs , scientists have found. Previously thought to have evolved 50 million years ago, the latest study shows they are actually twice as old as bats, thought to be their first hosts. While they could have fed on the dinosaurs , birds and

Surprisingly, Bed Bugs Are As Old As Dinosaurs© animatedfunk - Getty Images A true pest persists in any era.

Bed bugs have been annoying-for a very long time. A study published in Current Biology shows that bedbugs are nearly 100 million years old-nearly twice as old as bats which were previously thought to be the first carriers of bedbugs.

In fact, bedbugs were around during the same time as the T. rex though it's unlikely that the blood-sucking critters fed on dino DNA. This is due to the fact that bedbugs glom on to animals that live in stationary homes (nests, burrows), which was a habit that dinosaurs-who were roamers-never adopted.

The team of researchers who worked on this report are currently unsure who their hosts were millions of years ago but did discover that bedbugs "did not co-speciate [organically evolve] with ancient humans."

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Bed bugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms.

Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Europe. Although the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a problem in developing countries, it has recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and

"To think that the pests that live in our beds today evolved more than 100 million years ago[..] shows that the evolutionary history of bed bugs is far more complex than we previously thought," said study author and professor at the University of Sheffield, Mike Siva-Jothy, who called the findings a "revelation" in a press release.

The study also noted that various hosts of the bat and bird variety evolved from the "unknown ancestral hosts" that bedbugs plagued many millennia ago. Additionally, the study revealed that while some bedbugs are specialized to specific hosts–i.e.: Cimex adjunctus, bat bugs, who can survive on mammal blood but need bat blood to reproduce-there are some that remain unspecialized and have the ability to go back and forth between hosts.

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May 5, 2019. Subscribe. Bed bugs are older than dinosaurs . Bed bugs may have originated in the Middle East, living in caves inhabited by bats and humans. Often referred to as blood-sucking parasites, these insects originally lived off the blood of bats, until humans started moving into

So, bed bugs are older than that, and they lived through it. But, let’s go back further T. rex appeared on the Earth around 77 million years, So, bed bugs Funny as the idea of T. rex straining to scratch its bed bug bites would be , dinosaurs probably never hosted these ancient bed bugs , the authors noted.

Source: Current Biology

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