Lower Cretaceous Dragonfly Fossil
Lower Cretaceous of Liaoning
Insecta, Order Odonata
Time: Lower Cretaceous (~128 m.y.a.)
mm long with a 93 mm wingspan Matrix: 108 mm by 123 mm.
Site: Liaoning Province, Yixian Formation (2nd Section), Shangyuan,
Liaoning Province of China
fossils from Liaoning Province, China are known throughout the world
for their exceptional preservation. The dragonfly shown here is an
example of that preservational detail. The venation in the wings is
very distinct, and that alone would make this an exceptional specimen.
The Aschnidiidae were an interesting group of dragonflies from the
Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous distinguished by the primitive characteristic
of dense wing veins. This one certainly displays that trait in great