Bedbugs are just as old as dinosaurs, scientists say

Animals and Wildlife

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.

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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.

Interestingly, scientists say they found specimens for their study in caves in South East Asia, Texas, Mexico, and South America.


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