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Archaeolepis mane
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Archaeolepidae
Genus: Archaeolepis
Whalley, 1985
Species: A. mane
Binomial name
Archaeolepis mane
Whalley, 1985

Archaeolepis mane is the earliest known Lepidopteran fossil. It dates from the Lower Jurassic (ca 190 million years ago) and according to Grimaldi & Engel (2005)[1] a recent re-examination of the specimen has given additional support to its ordinal placement. The fossil consists of a pair of wings with scales that are characteristically similar to the wing venation pattern found in Trichoptera (caddisflies).

The fossil was found in Dorset in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ Grimaldi, D. & Engel, M. S. (2005). Cambridge University Press, ed. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge, etc. ISBN 978-0-521-82149-0. 

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