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Fossil Nymphes georgei holotype - female

Fossil Nymphes georgei holotype - Female
"Corner Lot",Tom Thumb Tuff Member, Klondike Mountain Formation, Republic, Ferry County, Washington, USA
Size: 27mm
Neuroptera, Myrmeleontiformia, Myrmeleontoidea, Nymphidae, Nymphes georgei

The holotype, and only, specimen of the newly described species Nymphes georgei from the fossil site in Republic, Ferry County Washington. This species is 49.5 +/-.05 million years old placing it in the late Ypresian, of the Eocene. This specimen is an incomplete hindwing and thus gender is not identifiable

The area it this time was dominated by flora and fauna which are the early precursors of the Eastern US and Eastern Asian hardwood forests, while possessing elements of the current conifer forests still present in the region. The environment which this specimen lived in was upland subtropical/temperate forests surrounding a lake/string of lakes which were the southernmost in a string of lakes which extended 1000km into Central British Columbia.

The family Nymphidae is now found only exclusively in Australia and New Caledonia and the Genus Nymphes is modern and widely distributed in that range.

Moved from ID Request.

Very cool.

Did someone with the last name of 'George' find this?

This was found in 2004 by Steve George. Dr Bruce Archibald who works with the fossils here prefers to name species for the finder.

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