Fine Cretaceous Stonefly Insect Fossil from Liaoning

Stonefly Insect Fossil

Insect Order Plecoptera, Subclass Pterygota, Infraclass Neoptera

Geological Time: Early Cretaceous (~128 m.y.a.)

Size: Stonefly insect fossil is 16 mm long on 80 by 60 mm shale

Fossil Site: Yixian Formation, Huangbangi Valley, Beipiao, Liaoning Province of China

Fossil Code: SI037

Price: Sold

Cretaceous Stonefly Insect Fossil from LiaoningLiaoning Province in northeast China has remained one of the hottest paleontology study sites on earth the past two decades. Liaoning is perhaps most famous for discoveries of feathered dinosaurs. From feathered Plecoptera dinosaurs to birds to reptiles with color patterns, the fine lake silts of Liaoning preserved the most intricate of life from more than 100 million years ago. Relatively hard to preserve insects are well represented in the diverse Liaoning biota.

Stoneflies are thought to be among the most primitive groups of Neoptera (that contains almost all winged insects), with ancestors identified from Carboniferous and Lower Permian time. The true stoneflies are only somewhat younger. This fine fossil specimen exhibites great detail down to the wing venation. It shares the piece of Cretaceous shale with two small larval insect forms.

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Cretaceous Stonefly Insect Fossil from Liaoning

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