Smokejacks quarry insects

By November 28, 2017News

Photo above showing the piece of nodule I prepped out.

Below are some identification’s kindly passed onto me through the Natural History Museums (NaturePlus) website by palaeoentomologist, Dr. Andrew Ross. From finds found on the SDGS most recent visit to Smokejacks quarry.

(1a) A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae) lying below a beetle elytron (coincidence, not associated).

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(1b) A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae) lying below a beetle elytron (coincidence, not associated).

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A partial cockroach forewing (Blattulidae).

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A beetle elytron with fish vertebra

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Just for people that do not know. The sediments hold an incredible insect bed at Smokejacks Quarry and are from an Early Cretaceous environment. (Upper Weald Clay Formation – Barremian – 125 to 130 million years old) with studies showing that they were deposited in a lake/lagoon to a river mud plain environment.

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