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dtreacher

Hope someone can help to identify this insect. It was picked up in the Western Sahara in Morocco and measures 7cm from head to the end of the body. It appears to have large wings. The picture is a little indistinct due to restricted file size but hope someone could help with identification and age.

Many thanks

David

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Fossildude19

Sorry, but I am not seeing an insect fossil here.

Insect fossils are usually imprint or compression fossils, and not so 3 dimensional.

To me, it looks like some kind of geologic oddity, maybe similar to a Septarian nodule.

Maybe others will weigh in.

Regards,

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Auspex

To me, it does look to be the product of geology, not biology.

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Carl

I agree that it is more mineralogical than paleontological.

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AgrilusHunter

Hi dtreacher,

Sorry, I agree with the other members that this is not an insect fossil. :(

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cowsharks

This might be what some folks call a "pseudo fossil"? It sorta looks like one but really isn't.

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dtreacher

Thank you gentleman for all your comments and help. What surprises me is that I can see what looks like a typical head with large eyes and then a thorax with what looks like joints. Would anyone be prepared to reconsider on the basis of a closer photo? This is not to doubt the experts' opinions (well .....perhaps a small hint of a question mark) ?

But thank you in advance.

David

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Missourian

There does appear to be some interesting crystalization that formed along filled fractures.

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Auspex

What you see are suggestive shapes formed by minerals along cracks in the rock; when you scrutinize them carefully (and critically), their true nature resolves itself. The similarity to an insect ends with the details.

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jpc

What dos the back side of the rock look like? Does it have similar lines and patterns that are less insect-like? Cuz, I agre with all the others... this is gelogic not biologic.

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Herb

Insects are soft bodied critters, and except in amber are rarely found 3-dimensionally.

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painshill

Yes, those appear to be what are known as "Liesegang bands". Common natural features in many sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

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dtreacher

Thank you all.

JPC, you asked some questions about the rock. On close examination, I can see that this object comprises a rock and on top, where the 'imprint' is, is a layer of something that looks like it would have been mud (it doesn't cover the whole top surface so you can see that it is only a few mm thick.) But the imprint still partially protrudes above the mud layer

So having read all your comments that soft bodied insects, and insects generally, are not found as 3 dimensional objects I would doubt assume that this is mineralogical. I will take your advice and retire gracefully.

Many thanks and a great Forum

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