Beetle Fossil Insect
Order Coleoptera, Family Noteridae
Time: Lower Cretaceous
Size: 7 mm
Site: Santana Formation, Ceara, Brazil
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.
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.