PHOTOS: "Invisible" Ancient Bugs Seen by Hi-Tech X-Ray

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In just 48 hours of imaging with a particle accelerator, researchers found more than 350 previously invisible creepy crawlies from Cretaceous-period amber (above right).

Cracks and imperfections often show up in x-rays of amber (above, top left), posing a challenge to paleontologists who want to see the amber's contents.

But a research team at the European Synchrotron Research Facility found that soaking amber in water fills in cracks, allowing for much clearer views of the insects (top, bottom left).
—Image courtesy Paul Tafforeau/European Synchrotron Research Facility
 
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