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Ancient Cretaceous "Monster" Insect



Ancient 'monster' insect offers Halloween inspiration by George Poinar
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-10/osu-ai102609.php

Fly in amber:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/4034439611/

Close-up of fly:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/4046529873/in/photostream/

Artist's illustration:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/4046517297/

The paper is:

Poinar, G., Jr. 2009, Cascoplecia insolitis (Diptera: Cascopleciidae), a new 
family, genus, and species of flower-visiting, unicorn fly (Bibionomorpha) in 
Early Cretaceous Burmese amber. Cretaceous Research. vol.  31, no. 1, 
pp. 71-76.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2009.09.007

Yours,

Paul H.