Rare Cretaceous Snakefly Insect Fossil

Snakefly

Insect Order Raphidioptera

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

Size: Insect fossil is 25 mm long on 65 by 60 mm shale

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

Fossil Code: SI023

Price: $129.00 - sold


Snakefly Insect FossilLiaoning 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 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. This snakefly fossil from the age of dinosaurs exhibits many fine details such as the venation in the wings. Fossil snakeflies, though rare, are known from the Early Cretaceous, but it is believed their origins dates to the Jurassic Period.

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