50 Million-Year-Old Dragonfly Species named after UWAB Faculty Member Donald Brownlee!

A 50 my old extinct dragonfly (Ypshna brownleei) was recently named after UWAB and Astronomy Professor Donald Brownlee!

This was a fossil that that Prof. Brownlee found at the Stonerose quarry in Eastern WA about 20 years ago and it was just recently identified as a new species. It was an extremely lucky find and very well preserved. Prof. Brownlee wonders how many astronomers have been lucky enough to discover an extinct bug and says this is a good example of how AB crosses different fields.

You can read more about this species and its discovery here