Cockroaches are an ancient family of insects. The first members of the group lived at least 320 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period, and were not very different from the critters that can be found in our homes today. However, when dinosaurs prowled the forests of what is now Myanmar, a very different kind of cockroach scuttled around.
Manipulator modificaputis is the name of a predatory, mantis-like cockroach that lived 100 million years ago. Its remains were found preserved in amber, solidified tree sap that is often found containing insects and other small animals within it.
Contrary to the low-slung, wide-bodied and short-necked modern roaches that are adapted to find organic matter on the ground, Manipulator had a narrow body, slender wings, very long legs and a triangular head sitting atop an extended neck.