Cockroach Fossils Gallery - Blattodea
Insect Fossils

Cockroach Fossils - Order Blattodea

Class Insecta

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Of related interest:
Fossil Amber (Resin)


Blattodea, the cockroach, is truly an ancient insect design dating to the Carboniferous, more than 300 million years ago, and a survivor of several mass extensions on earth. Most people have heard it said that cockroaches will remain on earth after humans have perished. They truly are robust. Termites are often grouped with orders Blattodea and Mantoda (mantids) to form superorder Dictyoptera, and all of which appeared in the Carboniferous period. Indeed, cockroaches are believed to be ancestral to termites. There are some 4000 extant species, only 1% of which will live in homes.

Fossil Cockroachs
Cockroach Fossil
Cockroach Fossil
Lower Cretaceous
Yixian Formation
Liaoning Province of China

22 mm Lower Cretaceous cockroach
Crato Formation, Brazil
Various fossil cockroaches in amber.
An 11-mm-long cockroach in amber
An awesome, 8 mm-long cockroach in amber.
Lower Creatceous
Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning Province of China