Published: Wednesday 15 May 2002

Insect Discovery
An insect never heard before, has been seen.

Researchers have identified a new order of insects in Namibia. With this discovery the total number of insect orders have come to 31.

Scientists have named this predatory insect Mantophasmatodea, an animal originally found in a 45-million year old piece of Baltic amber.

Subsequently, the existence of a living population of these insects was discovered on the Brandberg Mountain in western Namibia by a team of scientists from the National Museum of Namibia in Windhoek.

These insects are some of the last witnesses of the time when Africa and America were part of the same landmass. Scientists say the discovery indicates that there are places on Earth that act as protective pockets, preserving tiny glimpses of what life was like millions of years ago.

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