This Jewel Beetle, found in the Messel Pit in Germany, is 47 million years old. It still has its shimmering coat. Both ancient and modern jewel beetles sport their iridescent exteriors thanks to the way different layers in their outer body coverings refract light.
Princess Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt, Liotard,1745, (1723-1783), Margravine of Baden, a dilettante artist, scientist, collector.Learned, spoke 5 languages, corresponded w/Voltaire and made Karlsruhe a cultural center. Member of the court orchestra, painted in water colours and had a laboratory set up in the Karlsruhe palace. Her collections the foundation of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe museum of natural science.