A bug’s life was cut short when it met its doom, twice, 100 million years ago

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To humans, ticks are vile little creatures that do little but annoy and at times cause pain. You've probably never felt sorry for one of the little buggers under any circumstances, but this 100-year-old tick discovered in Myanmar might actually tug at your heart strings a bit. Discovered trapped in ancient amber, the tiny creature had one very, very bad day.

The tick, which was spotted by a German collector and eventually passed on to scientists for closer examination, wasn't just suffocated in hardened tree sap. The pint-sized parasite was actually trapped in a spider's web before it was swallowed up by tree goo. It was wrapped up like a present, obviously having gotten the attention of the resident spider, and was likely waiting to be eaten when it was enveloped by the thick resin. Poor little fella.

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