RARE Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber


Class Arachnida, Order Pseudoscorpionida (or Pseudoscorpiones or Chelonethida)

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

Size (25.4mm = 1 inch): Amber: 15 mm long by 12 mm across, Inclusion: 4 mm (with claws)

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA02

Price: Sold

Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil AmberDescription: This plaque of amber displays a most uncommon inclusion: a pseudoscorpion. 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. The only Mesozoic examples are Cretaceous, with specimens having been found in Lebanon, Myanmar, New Jersey, with a single example known from Canada. Two species have been described from Myanmar with others awaiting description. This one is essentially complete and relatively easy to see.

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

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