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Cascoplecia
Temporal range: Late Aptian to Early Cenomanian
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Scientific classification
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Infraorder:
Bibionomorpha
Family:
Cascopleciidae

Poinar Jr., 2010
Genus:
Cascoplecia

Poinar Jr., 2010
Species:
C. insolitis
Binomial name
Cascoplecia insolitis
Poinar Jr., 2010

Cascoplecia insolitis, commonly known as the unicorn fly, is an extinct dipteran that lived in the Early Cretaceous. The type specimen was found in Burmese amber. George Poinar, Jr., who described this fossil, coined a new family name for it – Cascopleciidae. One of the defining characteristics of Cascoplecia are three ocelli raised on an extended horn-like protuberance (hence its common name). The genus only has one type of species, the Cascoplecia insolitis, which means old and strange.

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