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Mazon Creek Possible Insect?


Rob Russell

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I spent a little time this.past Sunday cleaning up some opened nodules I found earlier this spring. I was pretty amazed at what I was looking at after removing a thick coat of calcite from this little guy. I'm wondering if this is an insect of some kind. I don't neccesarily see the wing attachment points, but they may be underneath the body? Thanks for any comments.

Rob

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:drool: :drool: :wub: :wub: :envy:

That's two fantastic Mazon Creek fossil arthropods on the Forum today!

Don

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...I'm wondering if this is an insect of some kind....

Oh my! Sure looks like it! I hope so!!!

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>Paleontology is an evolving science.

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Rob will know for certain, but it looks vaguely similar to the palaeodictyopteran: Lithoneura lameerei. Congrats on finding it! :fistbump:

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That is very cool. Looking forward to a positive ID on this one.

A fossil hunter needs sharp eyes and a keen search image, a mental template that subconsciously evaluates everything he sees in his search for telltale clues. -Richard E. Leakey

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Congratulations Rob,

You definitely have an insect. I do not know if you have enough to make a positive identification but my best guess would be Diaphanopterodea prochopteridae.

I am attaching pictures of a similar specimen for comparison.

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Thank you everyone for your comments. And thank you Rob for a possible ID.

Finding my way through life; one fossil at a time.

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Sweet find.....it is a game of numbers - and you sure have put the work in.....congrats!

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Will this be the month for the Mazon Creek edition of the FOTM contest?

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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I may give it a shot! :)

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great find a nicely defined fossil.

John

Be happy while you're living for you're a long time dead.

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