Palaeodictyopterid – a beaked insect

(pale-ee-oh-dic-tee-op-ter-id)

Model of the dragonfly, Palaeodictyoptera.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Permian

HOW BIG IT WAS

Palaeodictyopterid relative size depiction as described below
Palaeodictyopterids were approximately 21 cm long with a wingspan of approximately 18cm.

Palaeodictyopterids were insects related to dragonflies and mayflies. They first appeared in the Early Carboniferous, and became diverse and abundant until their extinction at the end of the Permian. They had elongated, sharp mouthparts for piercing and sucking plant tissue. As well as their large wings, they had a pair of ‘paranota’ or winglets, which didn’t function as wings during flight.

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

Palaeodictyopterid map

This fossil of Palaeodictyoptera was discovered in the USA.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Permian

ProetidsEotitanosuchusParalegocerasJimbacrinusHelicoprionGlacial pebbles