This is a fossil Aquatic Beetle (Order Coleoptera, Family Dystiscidae) found in the world-famous Crato Formation, near Ceara, Brazil. It dates back to the Lower Cretaceous Period (110 million years ago). The level of detail is excellent and there is absolutely no restoration. There are also dozens of larvae displayed on the specimen. The insect measures 13mm x 15mm on a matrix measuring 74mm x 75mm.

The Crato Formation of Brazil is a world famous site for an incredible diversity of outstanding fossil insects, rare invertebrates including arachnids (spiders and scorpions, centipedes), amazing fish fossils (many preserved in concretions as complete three dimensional fish), plants and even pterosaurs! Located about 500 kilometers inland from the coast, the Crato beds are exposed on the north and eastern parts of a flat plateau, the Chapada do Araripe, surrounded by the present day towns of Nova Olinda, Crato and Exu. Fossil insects are primarily found in the laminated limestones of the bottom section of the Crato Formation known as the Nova Olinda Member. They date back to the Lower Cretaceous about 112 million years ago (Late Aptian or Lower Albian).


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