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A Superb Miocene Insect Preserved On Shale

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Virgilian

Here's one I ran across the other day,

 

Simply put, this is one of the most aesthetically attractive fossil insects preserved on shale I have ever seen. A practically perfect specimen in superb condition.

 

And excellently photographed by a museum technician. It's from what they're calling the Miocene Savage Canyon Formation, Nevada. Some quick research disclosed that, unfortunately, it's from a locality that is no longer accessible to the general public.

 

Somebody more experienced with matters entomological will perhaps recognize just what exactly the bug is: R E L A X, folks--I fully understand that technically speaking it's not a true bug, of course. Looks dipteran, obviously. 

 

The photograph is from a web page over at http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+1215+1242 .

 

1242.jpeg

 

 

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Fossildude19

Nice fossil. :) 

 

It's times like these, though, ... that I really miss @AgrilusHunter.   :( 

 

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RJB

A very nice 'bug' indeed! 

 

RB

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