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Class: Insecta, different Orders as described individually.


Lower Cretaceous, Late Aptian-Cenomanian, 108-92 million years old


Crato Formation, Nova Olinda Member, Ceara, Brazil

 

The Araripe Basin, in Brazil, is home to an amazing variety of wonderfully detailed Early Cretaceous fossils.

 

The entire formation is known as the Santana Formation, but there are distinctions, and the slightly older, lower, insect-bearing strata, is now known as the Nova Olinda Member, of the Crato Formation, Ceara.

 

As usual, it is quarrying operations that expose the remarkable insect fauna, just as quarrying for lithographic limestone in Solnhofen has produced an amazing variety of superbly preserved Jurassic fossils in Germany.

 

As well as many orders of insects, spiders, scorpions, decapod crustaceans, and many plant fossils have been found.

 

To date no vertebrates have been found in this layer, in stark contrast to the overlying Santana Formation deposits.

 

When you consider the age of these fossils, they have changed little over millions of years.

 

The preservation is superb, and these are a must have for the serious collector, or an amazingly different gift.

 

I trust you will find something of interest amongst this amazing collection of ancient insects.

 

Any insects from another locality will be noted as such in their description.


Fly Fossil

Fly Fossil

Fossil Fly from the Crato Formation, Brazil
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Wasp 4

Wasp 4

A preserved wasp fossil from Santana, Brazil
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Flying Beetle

Flying Beetle

A beautifully preserved flying beetle fossil from Santana, Brazil
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Grasshopper Fossil

Grasshopper Fossil

An outstanding Grasshopper from the Crato Formation, Brazil
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Cockroach 2

Cockroach 2

Amazing, fossilised cockroach from the Crato Formation, Brazil
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Cricket Fossil

Cricket Fossil

A beautiful cricket from the Crato Formation, Brazil
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