Burmite Cretaceous Amber with Cockroach

Dinosaur Era

Fossil Amber Cockroach

Class Insecta, Superorder Dictyoptera, Order Blattodea

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

Size: Amber: 20 mm long, 13 mm across Inclusion: 6 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA17

Price: $235.00

Description: This plaque of amber displays one of the ultimate survivors of the insect world: a cockroach. Members of the order have been around from the Carboniferous some 300 million years ago. This one, preserved in Burmite amber, is some 100 million years old and looks as if it could have been scuttling around in the kitchen just yesterday. It is off to the bottom of the amber specimen but still readily visible to the naked eye.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

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

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