Temporal range: Pragian
Hirst & Maulik, 1926
Rhyniella praecursor (meaning "small creature of the Rhynie chert, a forerunner [of modern hexapoda]") is a fossil springtail (Collembola) from the Rhynie chert formed during the Pragian stage of the Early Devonian; for some time it was believed to be the only hexapod from the Early Devonian (c. ).
Rhyniella grew to a length of about 1-2 mm and would have been a scavenger, feeding on rotting matter.
- Parker, Steve. Dinosaurus: the complete guide to dinosaurs. Firefly Books Inc, 2003. Pg. 74
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