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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ancient Louse / Present-Day Louse

Caption: This 44-million-year-old louse fossil (left), discovered by co-author Vincent Smith and described in a paper in Biology Letters in 2004, helped the researchers anchor the lineages of lice that today parasitize aquatic birds (right).

Credit: Vincent S. Smith

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