These 54-Million-Year-Old Fly Eyes Are Preserved in Astounding Detail

Vice - 08-14


Paleontologists use fossils to peer into the past, but on rare occasions, fossils seem to uncannily return that gaze. That’s the case with a newly discovered trove of crane fly fossils that preserve extremely fine details of the eyes of these insects, which lived 54 million years ago. This level of preservation is extremely unusual, especially for small animals like crane flies.