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)[1] 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).

Archaeolepis mane
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
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Family:
Archaeolepidae
Genus:
Archaeolepis

Whalley, 1985
Species:
A. mane
Binomial name
Archaeolepis mane
Whalley, 1985

The fossil was found in Dorset in the United Kingdom by J. F. Jackson (1894-1966), of Charmouth.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grimaldi, D.; Engel, M. S. (2005). Cambridge University Press (ed.). Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge, etc. ISBN 978-0-521-82149-0.

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