The first benthic insects (Ephemeroptera and Coleoptera) from the Upper Cretaceous of Colombia

Andrés Alfonso-Rojas, Edwin Alberto Cadena

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The Upper Cretaceous fossil record of insects in northern South America is almost unknown. Here we describe two fossil insects from the Chipaque Formation of (Cenomanian–Santonian), from central Colombia, representing the first report of fossil arthropods for the Upper Cretaceous of Colombia, and the first fossil record of a mayfly and beetle for northern South America. Although the specimens lack key anatomical features for a high-resolution taxonomic identification, we were able to attribute one of the specimens to Ephemeroptera and a second specimen to Coleoptera. This fossil finding opens the possibility for future discoveries of additional insect fossils in northern South American rock sequences that could fill the extensive gap that exists in this paleontological field.

Translated title of the contributionLos primeros insectos bentónicos (Ephemeroptera y Coleoptera) del Cretácico Superior de Colombia
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105116
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages6
JournalCretaceous Research
Issue numberN/A
StateE-pub ahead of print - Dec 10 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Palaeontology


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