Bedbugs aren’t just a pain to humans today. Turns out, they’ve been a nuisance since the dinosaurs were around more than 100-million years ago.
While the pests likely didn’t bother the prehistoric creatures, new research has found that bedbugs evolved about 50 million years earlier than previously thought.
Scientists had believed that the bugs came into existence around the same time as bats, about 50 million years ago.
The 15-year-study looked at the DNA of 34 species of the blood-sucking pests.Researches say bedbugs likely didn’t host on dinosaurs, and that’s because bedbugs feed on animals that have a home, such as a bird’s nest, an owl’s burrow, or a human’s bed.
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