Formation: Rancho La Brea Tar
Location: Near La Brea Tar Pits, California
Size: Beetle is over 1 inch long
Here is a very unusual fossil. This is a large fossil beetle, Cybister sp., preserved in tar from the Pleistocene ''La Brea Tar Pits'' of California. This specimen was found YEARS ago, and the location has been closed to collecting for many years. The distinct beetle is very well preserved in a 3-dimensional fashion. The detail is excellent - the reticulation of the wing covers is easily seen. The dark insect contrasts nicely with the surface of the tar matrix. This is a very cool fossil insect from a classic fossil site - what a conversation piece!
A Certificate of Authenticity from EXTINCTIONS is included with this specimen.