Dragonfly, insect

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Dragonflies – living fossils

Preserved in incredible detail, fossils such as this show us that dragonfies, perhaps the most iconic of all insects, are ancient ‘living fossils’. They date back some 300 million years – and at that time they were much bigger than today, with a wingspan of up to 30cm. Size of this specimen: 7.6cm.

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Common name

Dragonfly, insect


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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