Earliest recorded copulating insects

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165m-year-old fossil of copulating froghoppers mating face to face. Source

The earliest record of copulating insect is a 165 million year old fossil of a pair of copulating froghoppers (Anthoscytina perpetua), found by Chungkun Shih, of Beijing's Capital Normal University. Although most modern-day insects mate doggy style, or male on top, the fossil shows the two insects mating face to face, missionary style.

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