Akitsu Iseki – Sawtooth stag beetle uncovered in almost perfect condition

24 May

A sawtooth stag beetle (Prosopocoilus inclinatus; nokogiri kuwagata [鋸鍬形]) belonging to the Final Jomon period (縄文時代晩期; c2800-2500YBP) was uncovered in almost perfect condition, a hitherto unheard of find, at Akitsu Iseki (秋津遺跡) in Gose city (御所市), Nara prefecture.

The male stag beetle measures 6.3cm long and was found encased in mud. Typically, insects do not survive in recognizable condition, but it is believed that the mud kept it from being exposed to air.

(2011年5月24日19時02分  読売新聞)


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