New World Cockroaches

FAIRFAX, Va. (January 6, 2014) – Researchers recently discovered fossils of cockroaches in Colorado dating back about 50 million years. This species of cockroach was historically thought to have originated in the Old World, now Europe, Asia and Africa, but this recent discovery casts doubt on that assumption.

The fossils prove that this species of cockroach has been in the Americas for a very long time.