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Oldest example of mutualism found

May 15th, 2009

termiteOSU’s George Poinar — a researcher and international expert on life forms found in amber — has discovered the oldest example of mutualism ever found.  (Mutualism is a type of symbiotic relationship in which two species help each other… in this case, termites and protozoa.)

From Science Daily:

The analysis of a termite entombed for 100 million years in an ancient piece of amber has revealed the oldest example of “mutualism” ever discovered between an animal and microorganism, and also shows the unusual biology that helped make this one of the most successful, although frequently despised insect groups in the world.

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