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NEWS Alaska Science Forum In a world crawling with insects, those billions of tiny bodies fall into just 30 major descriptive groups, known as orders. That's why Derek Sikes, curator of insects at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, was disappointed with a graduate student when she failed to identify a creature that was wandering her plots on Prince of Wales Island.

Tiny, ancient life discovered in POW

The wingless insect Caurinus tlagu discovered on Prince of Wales Island, as seen magnified by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' scanning electron microscope. Alaska researchers named the insect with the Tlingit word for
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The wingless insect Caurinus tlagu discovered on Prince of Wales Island, as seen magnified by the University of Alaska Fairbanks' scanning electron microscope. Alaska researchers named the insect with the Tlingit word for "ancient."
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