Huge and Fine Lower Cretaceous Cicada Fossil (Homoptera)

Name: Insecta: Homoptera: Cicadidae (Cicada)

Age: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 32 mm; Matrix: 75 mm by 58 mm

Location: Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning Province of China

Large Fossil Picture of Liaoning Cretaceous CicadaDescription: 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 large cicada preserved in side view. This is a detailed specimen from the dim past of 125 million years ago, which shows many features such as the wing venation and segmentation of the abdomen.

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