Cretaceous Fossil Grasshopper-Like Insect from Crato Formation

Grasshopper Fossil

Class Insecta, Order Orthoptera, Family Elcanidae

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous - Late Aptian-Cenomanian (108-92 million years ago)

Size: 30 mm (75 mm overall with antennae)

Fossil Site: Santana - Crato Formation, Nova Olinda Member, Ceara, Brazil

Fossil GrasshopperThis insect is a member of the Elcanidae, a grasshopper-like family that existed from the Late Triassic to the Late Cretaceous. Some examples have long antennae, making them seem more like crickets, but they are currently believed to be more closely allied with the grasshoppers.

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