Lower Cretaceous Orthopteran Fossil

Name: Insecta; Orthoptera

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 21 mm long (with antennae); Matrix: 77 mm by 25 mm

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

Description: The Class Insect 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 Orpthoptera (grasshoppers and kin) that is reminiscent of the modern-day Katydid. It is a very fine specimen from the dim past of 125 million years ago with incredible detail preserved, particularly in the long legs and antennae. This specimen has been preserved in the ventral position, showing those details to best advantage.

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