When you think of fossils, you probably think of dinosaurs, but several other extinct animals have been discovered fossilized. Cymatophlebia longialata, the dragonfly that produced this incredibly detailed fossil, lived alongside dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, 200 to 145 million years ago.
According to studies, This specimen’s wings are around 7cm long, which means it isn’t much larger than the largest existing dragonfly species, but there are Odonata and related insect species that were considerably larger – the largest examples predate the Jurassic period.
Ecology of Cymatophlebia longialata : fast-moving volant carnivore-insectivore.
Environments that Cymatophlebia longialata lived: lagoonal/restricted shallow subtidal.
Average measurements of Cymatophlebia longialata (in mm): abdomen 72.1 x 3.8, body 96.2 x 7.7, forewing 64.0 x 13.2, hindwing 62.7 x 18.6, wing length 60.0
The first dinosaurs appeared around 230 million years ago, during the Triassic Period. and studies have revealed that the dinosaurs emerged from reptiles, with Plateosaurus being one of the first massive herbivorous dinosaurs discovered.
Dinosaurs ruled the World for approximately 165 million years before going extinct 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period.