365 million years old and no wrinkles
How did insects appear on Earth ? The question remains a mystery to this day. A discovery made in Strud in the province of Namur (Belgium), could provide the key to unlocking the secrets of these little animals. A team of researchers (including from the University of Liege) have discovered the oldest complete fossil insect ever found. Called Strudiella devonica, it lived no less than 365 million years ago. In spite of its great age, it is remarkably well preserved.
And then there were arthropods
Since then, research in the former quarry in Strud has not stopped. Under the aegis of the Natural History Museum of Paris, the Royal Institute of Natural Science of Brussels and the University of Liege, a team comes here twice a year and continues to probe the rock over a ten-day period. The rock appears to be very rich. The river that ran through the area more than 365 million years ago (which is today completely full of sediment) left a lot of traces. Fossils - sometimes well preserved - of crustaceans, plants and vertebrates…