Grasshopper, insect

Grasshopper living fossil

This is a fossilised wing from a grasshopper that is 140 million years old – it was alive when dinosaurs stalked the earth! This is one reason why fossils are so important, as they show us the complexities of the natural world. Obviously a grasshopper, and most insects for that matter, hit on a winning formula millions of years ago and have simply stuck to it. Size of this specimen: 13.2mm.

 

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Common name

Grasshopper, insect

Type

Arthropods > Insects


Strata

Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Rob Coram

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.14712