Insect fossil from Smokejacks quarry

By October 19, 2017News

Found by one of the SDGS members from Smokejacks quarry an interesting specimen on this sideritic ironstone nodule, measuring under a 1.0mm approximately 0.3mm in length, was quite difficult to photograph.

Sideritic ironstone nodule

Partial Cockroach

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Partial Cockroach

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The insect is has now been confirmed as cockroach. See the cockroach chapter in English Wealden fossils (p.177, text-fig. 14.2B) for a good comparison. It would be difficult to put an exact species on it as not all the cockroaches have been described, and apparently need the complete wing.

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