Large Cretaceous Fulgorid Liaoning Insect Fossil

Planthopper

Insect Order Hemiptera, Suborder Auchenorrhyncha, Family Fulgoridae

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous (~125-121 m.y.a.)

Size: Insect fossil is 25 mm long on 70 by 50 mm shale

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

Fossil Code: SI024

Price: $95.00


Planthopper 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 Fulgoridae insect fossil is in association with numerous refresh water clams, suggesting that after death it was buried in the fine sediment at the bottom of an inkand lake. The Fulgoridae were formerly part of now depricated order Homoptera, but are now united with Hemiptera (the true bugs) and ranked as suborder Auchenorrhyncha.

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