During a study conducted deep in a cave in Canada, the scientists spotted a never-before-seen insect. But it could be more than only the finding of a new species of insects. This newly-found insect in Canada might have survived the last Ice Age so that it could be thousands of years old.
The scientists named the recently discovered primitive arthropod as Haplocampa wagnelli. The insect, apparently, has lived deep in the caves of Vancouver, British Columbia, near the town of Port Alberni. A study report on this finding has been published in the Subterranean Biology journal.
“The newly proposed species… is rather interesting for its troglomorphic features: antennae with 32 antennomeres; olfactory chemoreceptors, each a multiperforated, folded-spiral structure; and numerous gouge sensilla. In addition, it is one of the northernmost troglomorphic species to have colonized – presumably recently – an area occupied by the Late Wisconsinian North America ice sheet during the Last Glacial Maximum,” the study’s abstract reads, cited by Fox News.
This Newly-Found Insect In Canada Survived The Last Ice Age
The so-called Last Glacial Maximum took place during the Last Glacial Period, during which massive ice sheets were covering vast regions of the North American continent, Asia, and northern Europe. The glaciers reached their peak about 26,000 years ago, after that they started receding.
The newly-found insect in Canada, which presumably survived the last Ice Age, is also unique in comparison with other so-called “cave-adapted campodeid diplurans.” While the majority of the before-mentioned insect species have elongated and thin bodies, the recently discovered Haplocampa wagnelli boast a thick body and very long antennae and legs, as well.
“The species [Haplocampa wagnelli] is not exclusively subterranean and is likely also to be present in soil habitats,” the researcher added. The scientists are also thinking they bumped into one of the survivors of the last Ice Age, showing that the Earth is still holding many secrets away from us.