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Oldest full-body impression of a flying insect

The oldest discovered full-body impression of a flying insect has been found in Massachusetts.

The 300-million-year-old fossil (seen in an undated picture), which dates to the Carboniferous period, was likely made by an ancestor of the mayfly, scientists say. (See picture: “Oldest-Ever Bee Found in Amber.”)

In 2008, fossil hunters found the ancient imprint while searching woods behind a suburban shopping mall in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The extremely rare find “is like winning the lottery,” study leader Richard J. Knecht, a geology student at Tufts University, told National Geographic News at the time.

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Story: National Geographic News | Photo: Jacob Benner, Tufts University

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