Please join me here in congratulating Andy Tenny (Neuropteris) on an amazing achievement. Andy has found a fossil wing from a Carboniferous insect that has just been published; not only is it a new species, but is a whole new genus too. One of our very own members has thus contributed greatly to our understanding of insect evolution! Andy's discovery and description of the insect Anglopterum magnificum is detailed in this online pdf paper: http://fossilinsects.net/pdfs/Prokop_etal_2006_CRPalevol_HomoiopteridsCarbonEngland_preprint.pdf Anglopterum magnificum was a member of the palaeodictyopterida, the only insect order to have evolved that became completely extinct and left no living descendants. This huge flying insect had four wings and a wingspan of 30cm or so. With a beak which it probably used to suck sap from plants, it would have looked have somewhat akin to a huge vegetarian dragonfly with a pointed proboscis. The reconstruction below is of a similar insect, Stenodictya, which gives a rough impression of what Andy's insect would have looked like. In Bits and Pieces Andy wrote: Well, once again, congratulations Andy. You are an inspiration to fossil collectors everywhere!!!!!