Prehistoric flying insect, artwork

Prehistoric flying insect, artwork

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Credit: HENNING DALHOFF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Prehistoric flying insect, artwork. This flying insect lived at the time of the Pangea supercontinent (300 to 200 million years ago) during the Paleozoic Era and Mesozoic Era. Unlike earlier supercontinents, which had been barren, at this period both plants and invertebrate animals had long since emerged from the oceans to colonise the land. Insects had evolved, as well as seed-bearing plants (gymnosperms), but flowering plants (angiosperms) would not evolve for another 170 million years. Flying insects first evolved around 300 million years ago, at the time of this supercontinent. High oxygen levels enabled wingspans of over a metre.

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