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Archaeolepis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Archaeolepidae
Scientific name  Archaeolepis mane
Rank  Genus
Class  Insecta
Species  A. mane
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
Similar  Butterflies and moths, Heterobathmioidea, Agathiphaga, Prodryas

Archaeolepis mane is the earliest known Lepidopteran fossil. It dates from the Lower Jurassic (ca 190 million years ago) and according to Grimaldi & Engel (2005) a recent re-examination of the specimen has given additional support to its ordinal placement. The fossil consists of a pair of wings with scales that are characteristically similar to the wing venation pattern found in Trichoptera (caddisflies).

The fossil was found in Dorset in the United Kingdom.

References

Archaeolepis Wikipedia


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