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Discovery of a New Cricket in Long Neglected Amber Collection in Washington

‘Sir David Attenborough’ is a 20 million year old grasshopper that has been discovered in amber. Sir David Attenborough is the man who made the discovery of this grasshopper and named it after him. He stated that he is ‘tickled pink’ after finding out the old insect in the long neglected amber collection.

Illinois University had been studying amber collection discovered in Dominican Republic around 50 years ago. They have discovered new flies, midges, wasps, stingless bees, bark beetles, spiders as well as mites, which were frozen during that time and give a fascinating snapshot of the entire evolution.


Electrotettix Attenboroughi, the pygmy grasshopper that translates as Attenbourgh’s amber grasshopper, is an interesting insect as it portrays a phase where the creature was about to lose its wings.

Illinois University’s palaeontologist, Sam Heads, said, “Grasshoppers are very rare in amber and this specimen is extraordinarily well-preserved. Sir David has a personal interest in amber, and also he was one of my childhood heroes and still is one of my heroes and so I decided to name the species in his honour. Fossil insects can provide lots of insight into the evolution of specific traits and behaviours, and they also tell us about the history of the time period.”

On this, Sir David then responded, “It’s the nicest compliment you can receive from a naturalist. I’m tickled pink.”


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David Nataf started his career as co-founder of Net Development, a leading French web integrators, employing 80 people. After the merger of Net Development with Reef publisher, David joined the law firm, Jean-Pierre Millet, with the defense of computer attackers and victimes specialty ("hackers") in cases between different organizations such as NSA or other members of the international interception 'Echelon' network from the UKUSA treaty or the US Air Force. He is the author of several books on information warfare, consultant for the European Parliament as an expert in computer security (SSI) and electromagnetic signals intelligence (SIGINT). David Nataf successively launched several start-ups of the Internet in the field of paperless technologies termination of contracts online (""); online subscription to early stage fundraising foreshadowing the model will retain more later the platform "", or free roaming mobile operators (MVNO). Given his specialty at the cross road of anti computer crime legal advising, Internet technology, media and anti-propaganda operations, David has naturally become an actor's influence on the Web, working for a think-tank representing french defense and Aerospace. He is architecting crypto farms and masternodes for cryptocurrencies in Asia and Israel technological parks. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Paris, is a passionate graduated gemologist by Gemological Institute of America "GG", Gemmological Association of Great Britain "Cert-Ga", practical daily triathlon.

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