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


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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