Exquisitely-Preserved Lower Cretaceous Lacewing Insect Fossil

Name: Fossil Insects: Family Chrysopidae

Subphylum Hexapoda; Class Insecta; Order Neuroptera

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

Size: 18 mm long Matrix: 75 mm by 52 mm

Fossil Site: Yixian Formation, Liaoning Province of China

Description: The Class Insecta is well represented in Liaoning and Hebei Provinces of China, with over 500 species referable to over 100 families based upon over 10,000 specimens. This fantastic diversity and exquisite detail is unprecedented throughout the world. This example is a member of the Neuroptera, or lacewings, a group which arose during the Permian. This is a fine specimen with incredible detail preserved, particularly in the wings, from the dim past of 125 million years ago. It most closely resembles the Chrysopidae, or Green Lacewings of which some 1500 exist today. There is an abdomen of another insect preserved as well.

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