A prehistoric beetle’s remains have been recently unearthed. The remains are also perfectly fossilized. In fact, the remains are recent. The fossilization is an amazing marvel of nature. Not to mention, even its wing pattern is clear! Moreover, wings are one of the beetle’s strongest parts.
The beetle’s scientific name pays homage to Sir David Attenborough. He is a renowned naturalist. Furthermore, he is also an influential TV figure. It even contains the actual color of the beetle. Moving on, the beetle dates back to the Cenozoic era. This is 55.8 million to 33.9 million years ago! Live Science reports these facts.
The beetle was first classified as a long-horned beetle. The scientists placed the insect in this category. However, this placement was not easy. The beetle’s body led to some debate in the scientific community. Frank-Thorsten Krell questioned the beetle’s looks. He claimed the beetle might belong to a different insect group. This was largely because some features did not add up. Therefore, it needed to be in a different group.
Frank-Thorsten is leading a new study relating to the beetle. The study invents a new genus for the beetle. Powerful hind legs are the key feature of this new genus. Thus, they are called frog-legged leaf beetles. This is the second beetle found. Of course, this is in North America alone.
Additionally, the scientists have confirmed that these beetles are extinct. They used to live 50 million years ago. They were able to find this out with the beetle’s wing pattern. Furthermore, the discovery sheds more light on the Cenozoic era insects. They most likely had bold wing patterns like the one seen on the beetle.
Forbes makes another interesting claim. It claims the fossilization of an entire beetle is hard. The claim says that beetles usually fall apart once they fall in the water. The beetle’s perfect preservation needs “fine-grain sediment”. Moreover, it also needs the right conditions. Prehistoric life is truly remarkable! What more treasures does nature have for us?