Cretaceous Aquatic Beetle Fossil

Aquatic Beetle Fossil Insect

Class Insecta, Insect Order Coleoptera, Family Noteridae

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous

Size: 7 mm

Fossil Site: Santana Formation, Ceara, Brazil

This is a fossil of a burrowing water beetle with its legs extended, frozen in its last swim for the past 125 million years. The deposits from which it comes are home to many exquisitely preserved insect fossils, some exceptionally three dimensional in preservation. Such delicate items as the paper-thin wing bones of Pterosaurs have been found, testimony to the type of preservation found at the fossil site. Such superb preservation is evident here too.

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Cretaceous Aquatic Beetle Fossil

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