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The presented specimen is an impression of a fossil dragonfly of the species, Mesuropetala, preserved in lithographic limestone, which was found in Solnhofen, Germany. The specimen is 144–155 million years old.

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The presented specimen is an impression of a fossil dragonfly of the species, Mesuropetala, preserved in lithographic limestone, which was found in Solnhofen, Germany. The specimen is 144–155 million years old.

Elaborated by Barbara Kietlińska-Michalik (The Geological Museum of the Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences), editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © all rights reserved

Bibliography:
Franciszek Bieda, Paleozoologia, vol. I, Warsaw 1966;
Urszula Radwańska, Podstawy paleontologii, Warsaw 2007.

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What did the dragonflies and other insects that lived millions of years ago look like? Their shapes can now be accurately recreated thanks to the impressions preserved in the lithographic limestone.

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What did the dragonflies and other insects that lived millions of years ago look like? Their shapes can now be accurately recreated thanks to the impressions preserved in the lithographic limestone.

See specimens that are in the collections of the Geological Museum ING PAN in Kraków.

Photographs: Marek Antoniusz Święch, arch. MIC (2014),
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.

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Impression of an insect (fossil dragonfly) in lithographic limestone

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