Prehistoric dragonflies settle on Yorkshire coast

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PREHISTORIC dragonflies have been painstakingly recreated by one of the world’s leading fly weavers, for a new exhibition looking at Scarborough’s lost dinosaurs.

Andrés Touceda, who ties flies for fishermen, was recommended to the town’s Rotunda Museum by the Fly Dressers Guild, to create the authentic dragonflies which were then flown in from Spain.

Geologist Will Watts, head of public programmes at Scarborough Museums Trust, which runs the Rotunda, said: “Unlike most other creatures, dragonflies haven’t actually changed much since pre-Jurassic days.

“The climate conditions in Scarborough 165 million years ago were such that we know there would have been dragonflies, so we were keen to have a couple in the exhibition.”

The exhibition opens today and runs until September 2013. PICTURE: Tony bartholomew