Primitive Dinosaur Era Beetle in Burmite Amber

Walked with the Dinosaurs

Ommatidae Family Beelte

Class Insecta, Order Coleoptera, Family Ommatidae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber: 13 mm long, 8 mm across, Inclusion: 3 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA14

Price: $450.00

Description: It has been said that the biologist J S B Haldane when asked by some theologians what he could infer about the Creator he is said to have replied: He has an inordinate fondness for beetles. Indeed there are some 400,000 known extant species of beetle, about 40 percent of all known insect species. 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. Burmite holds the most of the Cretaceous families with some 28 know as of2002, with19 familiues known at that time from Lebanon, and some 10 families from New Jersey. This one is a member of the family Ommatidae, with some 13 extinct genera with over 100 species. The family is regarded as having the most ancestral characters of beetles, and the two known genera are currently restricted to Australia and South America.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

  • References:
    AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.
  • Geologica Carpathica, April 2015, 66, 2, pp 133-138.

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