Formation: Rancho La Brea Formation
Location: Kern County, California
Size: Insect is 1.1" long
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Here is a very unusual fossil. This is a beetle, Cybister sp., preserved in tar from the Pleistocene "La Brea Tar Pits" of California. This location has been closed to collecting for a number of years. The beetle is very well preserved in a 3-dimensional fashion. The reticulation of the wing covers is easily seen. The shiny insect contrasts nicely with the dull surface of the matrix. This is a very unique fossil insect from a closed collecting site.