Rare Whip Scorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber

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Konocharon sp

Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida, Order Amblypygi

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

Size: Amber: 15 mm long, 8 mm across, Inclusion: 5 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA20

Price: $995.00

Description: This specimen of fossil amber displays a most uncommon inclusion: a whipscorpion, or amblypygid. The oldest amber containing insects comes from the deposits of Lebanon at some 135 million years of age. Deposits in Myanmar, New Jersey, and Japan are somewhat younger. Most whipscorpions are tropical to subtropical in habit. Two species are known of this genus.

References: Mesozoic Spiders, Beitrage zur Araneologie, 9, 2015.

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