RARE Centipede in Cretaceous Fossil Amber

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Stone Centipede

Phylum Arthropoda, Subphylum Myriapoda, Class Chilopoda, Order Lithobiomorpha, Family Lithobiidae

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)

Size (25.4mm = 1 inch): Amber: 20 mm long , 13 mm across , Inclusion: 9 mm (with antennae)

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA03

Price: Sold

Centipede in Cretaceous Fossil AmberDescription: This plaque of amber displays a most uncommon inclusion: a stone centipede, Order Lithobiomorpha. The oldest amber containing insects comes from the deposits of Lebanon at some 135 million years of age. Deposits in Myanmar, New Jersey, and Japan are somewhat younger. Centipedes go back to the late Silurian some 430 million years ago, and were the first terrestrial fossils. Upon hatching, extant members of this order start out with seven pairs of legs adding another pair as they grow until a full complement of 15 pairs is achieved. Interestingly enough, centipedes always have an odd pair of legs. This fine example is easily seen to the naked eye, but you will want to use a 10X loupe or microscope to see the incredible detail preserved.

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber from New Jersey and Cretaceous Praying Mantis in Fossil Amber from Hukawng Valley and Cricket in Cretaceous Amber

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