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Lot 2715
Lower Cretaceous Period, 110 million years BP. A fossil grasshopper from the world-famous Crato Formation, near Ceara, Brazil, on matrix. 226 grams, 9cm (3 1/2"). From an old Lincolnshire collection; acquired during 1980s. The fossil dates back to the Lower Cretaceous Period (110 million years ago"). The level of detail is excellent and there is absolutely no restoration. 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 kilometres 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 110 million years ago (Late Aptian or Lower Albian").

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Fine condition.

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Natural History - Fossil Grasshopper

Estimate £60 - £80Mar 1, 2019