Rare Cretaceous Amber with Walking Stick Insect

Walked with the Dinosaurs

Phamatodea (Waliking Stck)

Class Insecta, Order Phasmida (also known as Phasmatodea)

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber: 16 mm long, 10 mm across, Inclusion: 10 mm (with antennae)

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA09

Price: $1295.00

Rare Cretaceous Amber with Walking Stick InsectDescription: Until recently the title of oldest Phasmid (Walking Stick) was held by a nearly 50 million year old Eocene example from the Messel Pit in Germany. There were hints of older specimens given several egg capsules assigned to the order had been discovered in the 100 million year old Burmite amber of Myanmar. This specimen removes all doubt from the identification as it is an essentially complete specimen displaying all the features of the order. It is easily discerned in this clear amber piece.

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

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