Exquisitely-Preserved Lower Cretaceous Dragonfly Fossil
Lower Cretaceous of Liaoning Province China

Name: Sinaeshcnidia cancellosa

Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta, Order Odonata

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous (~128 m.y.a.)

Size: 62 mm long with a 93 mm wingspan Matrix: 108 mm by 123 mm.

Fossil Site: Liaoning Province, Yixian Formation (2nd Section), Shangyuan, Liaoning Province of China

The 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 detail.

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