Insect, beetle

A tiny assemblage

The two largest fossils in this photograph are the wing cases, or elytron, of fossil beetles. The largest is just 3.5mm long.The elytron is a thickened forewing that protects the flying wing when the beetle is on the ground. The black objects are other insect fragments, and the charcoal is the brown item (centre, bottom). The ostracod, which is a potato-shaped crustacean, is the tiny, round impression (bottom right).

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Common name

Insect, beetle


Arthropods > Insects


Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous


140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Rob Coram


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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