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Carboniferous insects, artwork

Carboniferous insects, artwork

E442/0721

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Credit

RICHARD BIZLEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RICHARD BIZLEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Carboniferous insects. Artwork of a millipede (Arthropleura) and a dragonfly (Meganeura) in the forests of the Carboniferous Period (354-290 million years ago). At this time, the land was dominated by insects and other invertebrates, some of which evolved to sizes much larger than found today. This millipede is 2 metres long, and this dragonfly has a wingspan of 60 centimetres. Swamp plants, which dominated the land, eventually formed large beds of coal underground. Plants shown here are: Sphenophyllum emarginatum (lower right), Calamites (down left), tree fern (upper right) and Medullosa noei (centre). Most of the plants are Lepidodendron (large and fallen trunks).

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