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Description of a Cretaceous amber fossil putatively of the tribe Coprophilini (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Oxytelinae)

An unusual and well-preserved fossil staphylinid is described and figured from a single specimen in Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber. Gollandia planata gen. et sp. n. is tentatively placed in the extant oxyteline tribe Coprophilini, although it lacks a few characteristic features of present-day members of the group, likely indicating it to be either a stem group of the tribe or...

Diverse Cretaceous larvae reveal the evolutionary and behavioural history of antlions and lacewings

These authors contributed equally: Davide Badano, Michael S. Engel. AffiliationsDipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e della Vita, Università degli studi di Genova, Corso Europa 26, 16132 ... • Google Scholar Search for Michael S. Engel in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google Scholar Search for Andrea Basso in:Nature Research journals • PubMed • Google Scholar Search for Bo Wang in:Nature

Population structure and classification of Apis cerana

Multivariate morphometric analyses of Apis cerana Fabricius, 1793 across its full geographical range were performed. Principal components plots did not reveal distinct morphoclusters. Further substructuring of the principal component plots could not initially be derived but only by introducing local labelling did it reveal six main morphoclusters. We apply geographically based...

A primitive honey bee from the Middle Miocene deposits of southeastern Yunnan, China (Hymenoptera, Apidae)

While fossils of honey bees (Apini: Apis Linnaeus) are comparatively abundant in European Oligocene and Miocene deposits, the available material from Asia is scant and represented by only a handful of localities. It is therefore significant to report a new deposit with a fossil honey bee from southern China. Apis (Synapis) dalica Engel & Wappler, sp. n., is described and figured...

Mating and aggregative behaviors among basal hexapods in the Early Cretaceous

executing the paleobiological reconstruction. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Alba SaÂnchez-GarcÂõa, Enrique Peñalver, Xavier Delclòs. Formal analysis: Enrique Peñalver, Michael S. Engel. Funding ... acquisition: Xavier Delclòs. Investigation: Alba SaÂnchez-GarcÂõa, Enrique Peñalver, Michael S. Engel. Methodology: Alba SaÂnchez-GarcÂõa, Enrique Peñalver, Michael S. Engel. Project administration: Xavier

Marsupial brood care in Cretaceous tanaidaceans

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An anocellar polistine wasp (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae) from Texas

A remarkable teratological female of Polistes (Fuscopolistes) dorsalis neotropicus Bequaert, 1940 (Vespidae: Polistinae) is described and illustrated. The specimen lacks all three external dorsal ocelli but is normally developed in almost every other aspect. Additionally, similar findings in other Hymenoptera are briefly discussed, as are the consequences and the reasons that...

Wing Shape of Four New Bee Fossils (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) Provides Insights to Bee Evolution

Bees (Anthophila) are one of the major groups of angiosperm-pollinating insects and accordingly are widely studied in both basic and applied research, for which it is essential to have a clear understanding of their phylogeny, and evolutionary history. Direct evidence of bee evolutionary history has been hindered by a dearth of available fossils needed to determine the timing and...

Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity

The recently discovered definite giant fleas from the Middle Jurassic Daohugou fauna and the Early Cretaceous Jehol fauna of northeastern China represent significant evidence for understanding ectoparasitism in the Mesozoic as well as the evolution of these giant blood feeders with their putative hosts (i.e. hairy or feathered vertebrates). On the basis of seven well-preserved...

Extreme adaptations for aquatic ectoparasitism in a Jurassic fly larva

The reconstruction of ancient insect ectoparasitism is challenging, mostly because of the extreme scarcity of fossils with obvious ectoparasitic features such as sucking-piercing mouthparts and specialized attachment organs. Here we describe a bizarre fly larva (Diptera), Qiyia jurassica gen. et sp. nov., from the Jurassic of China, that represents a stem group of the tabanomorph...

New fossil insect order Permopsocida elucidates major radiation and evolution of suction feeding in hemimetabolous insects (Hexapoda: Acercaria)

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A Unique Box in 28S rRNA Is Shared by the Enigmatic Insect Order Zoraptera and Dictyoptera

supported by the National Science Foundation of China (grant numbers J0930005, 30970350, 30725005). The participation of Michael S. Engel was supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant DEB-0542909

Insect outbreaks produce distinctive carbon isotope signatures in defensive resins and fossiliferous ambers

Despite centuries of research addressing amber and its various inclusions, relatively little is known about the specific events having stimulated the production of geologically relevant volumes of plant resin, ultimately yielding amber deposits. Although numerous hypotheses have invoked the role of insects, to date these have proven difficult to test. Here, we use the current...

Save Isoptera: A comment on Inward et al.

0 Nathan Lo, Michael S Engel, Stephen Cameron, Christine A Nalepa, Gaku Tokuda, David Grimaldi, Osamu Kitade, Kumar Krishna, Klaus-Dieter Klass, Kiyoto Maekawa, Toru Miura and Graham J Thompson 1