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Insect fossil identification (South of Badajoz, Spain)


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joebermejales

Hi,

 

please, could you help us with the identification of this fossil? It belongs to the south of Spain.

 

Thanks in advance

 

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joebermejales
6 minutes ago, Foozil said:

Not an insect, maybe a ginkgo? 

thank you @Foozil for your answer... we are not sure about insect or not, maybe an insect mimic of ginko-like leaf ? the central body is very significant, how can we figure out ? thanks!!

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attached for comparison: Sphenophyllum emarginatum

 

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figure from:

 

Wagner, R.H. & Álvarez-Vázquez, C. 2010

The Carboniferous floras of the Iberian Peninsula: a synthesis with geological connotations.

Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162(3):239-324.

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DPS Ammonite

Do you have an age or formation that it is from? 

 

Also, I wonder if the vertical abdomen looking part is actually a stem. Below (toward the bottom of the photo) where the stem meets the "wings" the stem seems to drop off a heavily shaded area. This indicates that the stem might have some thickness to it which goes against the possibility of an insect abdomen that probably is a very thin compression.

 

The purported abdomen does not extend above (up) the wings. Surely the insect did not have wings attached at the end of the head. A further indication that this is a stem on a leaf.

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22 hours ago, DPS Ammonite said:

Do you have an age or formation that it is from? 

No, we have not that information, sorry.

 

Thanks to @Foozil, @piranha and @DPS Ammonite for your answer. The mistery has been solved, it clearly seems to be a leaf.

 

Best regards from Spain.

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I'm pretty sure that it isn't a insect, the edges and veins of the fossil look more leaflike, although the structure is like an insect. 

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