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Just for fun

Just for fun
Interesting fossil, shot many years ago on film in a group of specimens, most likely from Wyoming. Photographed February 1989.


Neuroptera: Nemopteridae: Nemopterinae
As noted by Martin, this is a fossil spoon-winged lacewing (Neuroptera: Nemopteridae: Nemopterinae). They are extinct in North America, but are still found throughout much of the Old World (they are particularly diverse in southern Africa), and in parts of South America. There are very few fossil specimens known from North America. I would be very interested to know more about this specimen. Can you be more specific about where it might be now? Was it in a museum collection?

Fuzzy recollections
This was photographed with a bunch of invertebrate fossils that I believe was destined for the commercial trade, maybe Germany.
Pretty sure that it was N America, Wyoming, maybe the Dakotas, because the seller had "mineral rights" for the location.
That's why "Just for fun" was the title, without location, it is just a visual amusement. Would be nice if it ended up in a museum.
I'll make an attempt to contact the original client and get more info. I could pull up another image for you that may have more detail, if you have an interest.

Nemopterid Fossil
Hi Kerry. Yes, I would be very interested to learn anything else you may be able to dig up about this fossil specimen, including any additional images that you may have sequestered away somewhere. Even if I am not able to follow up on this myself, I may be able to give it a 'corporate memory' that can be passed along to someone else in the this field later. Thanks. John

Great fossil!
You could mention the date the picture was taken in the text but not in the date box of the entry. That is misleading because the creature wasn't alive in Feb. 1989.
Martin's information adds value to this entry. It isn't just fun.

Awesome! This is a fossil of
Awesome! This is a fossil of a Nemopteridae or Spoonwing. They are extinct in the NEw world since 20 My, but In Africa, And Asia you can still find these amazing insects... And despite their strange wings, they can fly very well, had a hard time catching them...
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Thanks for the ID
Sorry that more accurate information on the location and formation was not kept. Was photographed with a bunch of specimens, trilobites were the subject (information recorded) the incidentals were just shot. Thought this might be amusing after a long winter.

Do you think they may be some sort of Owlfly? Those projections look like long antennae.

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