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Hollywood producers will be on high alert for the next Jurassic Park blockbuster script after boffins found fossils of giant prehistoric fleas. The monster bloodsuckers were thought to have used ruggedised straw-like mouths to prey on dinosaurs. In a study published on science journal Nature on Wednesday, University of Kansas …

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IT Angle

Not for the squeamish

There are even bigger bloodsuckers still with us. Anyone squeamish is advised not to follow this link

http://invertebrates.si.edu/Features/stories/haementeria.html

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Re: Not for the squeamish

my arm has gone numb!

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Happy

Re: Not for the squeamish

Nice.

Question is though...how can you tell what type of lawyer this is? Given its veracity and fecal colour, this one has to be a patent lawyer.

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Alien

Re: Not for the squeamish

Used in modern medicine I believe, pretty much the same as maggots are.

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Re: Not for the squeamish

They are called politicians. A name formed from the root words poly - meaning many and ticks - which are these so called blood sucking insects.

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Coat

Re: Not for the squeamish

[Deuce Bigalow mode]

"That's a huuuge leech!!"

[\Deuce Bigalow mode]

Mine's the one with the Rob Schneider DVDs in the pocket.

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Re: Not for the squeamish

Ya know, I first thought that was a VP at a former job.

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@Silverburn

You do a great disservice here. Leeches have a useful place in modern medicine. I've still yet to find a use for a patent lawyer beyond target practice.

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Meh

prior art...

"Poor Little Warrior!" Brian W. Aldiss 1958

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Re: prior art...

Kudos, John - I was trying to recall the name of the story.

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SW
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Quote "double the size of today’s pesky critters"

When was the last time you saw a 1cm long flea?

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Double the size

The OP is probably getting confused with bedbugs, which I believe can be up to about 1cm. They have a probiscus to obtain blood, and they don't jump either - they just crawl onto their host and then go off to sleep on their meal for months on end.

Cue Rolf Harris singing "Tie me 2cm flea down, sport...".

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Re: Double the size

The linked article says modern fleas range in size from 1mm to 10mm - I've met the 1mm version, and do NOT want to meet the 1cm version, much less the dinoflea that weighs in at 2cm. That's the stuff of nightmares...

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Mushroom

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Hm, put another way, though - they are easier to find and kill and less likely to hitch unnoticed.

Nuke 'em from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Double the size

In Oz, the fleas have legs like kangarooos, wings, and a fatal bite.

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