The researchers analyzed 21 fossil specimens of E. kohlsi, and were able to identify the specimens as members of the Ectobius genus based on the distinct coloration and wing vein patterns of this group. E. kohlsi individuals were the smallest of the four ancient species discovered, with body lengths reaching only about 0.4 inch (1 cm) and body widths of up to only 0.1 inch (3 mm), the researchers report.
The findings are detailed this month in the journal Annals of the Entomological Society of America.
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