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An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs

An ancient killer: Ancestral malarial organisms traced to age of dinosaurs

This 100-million-year-old biting midge, preserved in amber, shows numerous oocysts of the malarial parasite Paleohaemoproteusburmacis, evidence of the oldest ancestral strain of malaria ever discovered. Credit: George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University A new analysis of the prehistoric origin of malaria suggests that it evolved in insects at least 100 million years ago, […]