Rare Cretaceous Amber with Cretalepisma Bristletail

Walked with the Dinosaurs

Aff Cretalepisma kachinicum

Class Insecta, Order Archaeognatha

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber: 19 mm long, 15 mm across, Inclusion: 9 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA07

Price: Sold

Description: This plaque of amber displays a fine example of the Archaeognatha (Bristletails) preserved in Burmite, amber from the country of Myanmar (formerly Burma, source of the name). While several are known from the region, this one is most like the genus Cretalepisma. The Bristletails have been extant since the Devonian, and are little changed in all that time. This one is seen with a 4 mm cockroach nymph and a tiny 1 mm beetle, making for a fine example from some 100 million years ago.


References: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002

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