Miracles of fossilisation
It seems impossible that the delicate wing of an insect could be preserved for millions of years, but under certain circumstances it does happen. They are preserved in very fine mud known as micrite, that settled on the floor of lagoons and ponds. The micrite is so fine that it preserved the detail of the fragile insects. The preservation is good enough to define individual species and relate them to modern relatives alive today. Insects are living fossils and have hit upon a design that makes them one of nature’s true survivors.
Find out more on the insects page.