New species of fungus beetle found in Ariz. cave has no eyes, wings

09/25/2013 | National Geographic News

A new species of fungus beetle that evolved to have no eyes or wings has been found in a cave in Arizona. The insect, the Ptomaphagus parashant, at one time had eyes and wings, but living in the tight, dark confines of the cave, they didn't need those feature, according to a study set to be published in Coleopterists Bulletin. "With these types of animals, they're really shedding those features ... over evolutionary time. This animal likely entered caves about 200,000 years ago," said Northern Arizona University ecologist Jut Wynne, who co-authored the study.

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