Insects

Insect fossils are found all over the world, this is because insects, or rather, the various species within the insecta class have lived on earth ever since the Devonian period and have been wide spread and numerous through out their 400 million year history. Like most fauna, they tend to be found fossilised within various sediments or sedimentary rocks including mudstones, shales and marls, however they are also (more famously) fossilised within amber and copal which is pre-historic tree sap. Only the hard chitin parts (the exoskeleton) of the insects are preserved, however, due to their small and delicate nature, they tend to show more damage than fossils of bones and shells. In this section, you will find a range of fossilised insect remains in various matrix.

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