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Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution
The phylogeny of all major insect lineages reveals how and when insects diversified and provides a comprehensive reliable scaffold for future comparative analyses of evolutionary innovations among insects.
Phylogenomics and the evolution of hemipteroid insects
The results indicated that thrips (Thysanoptera) are the closest living relatives of true bugs and allies (Hemiptera) and that hemipteroid insects started diversifying before the Carboniferous period, over 365 million years ago.
An integrative phylogenomic approach illuminates the evolutionary history of cockroaches and termites (Blattodea)
The first nuclear phylogenomic study of termites and cockroaches with a thorough approach to divergence time analysis, identification of endosymbionts, and reconstruction of ancestral morphological traits and behaviour shows that most subgroups of Blattodea evolved in the Cretaceous.
On the head morphology of Grylloblattodea (Insecta) and the systematic position of the order, with a new nomenclature for the head muscles of Dicondylia
The results clearly show that more data and a much broader taxon sampling are required to clarify the phylogenetic interrelationships of the lower neopteran orders, and represent a starting point for future phylogenetic analyses, with an extensive concatenated dataset.
Evolutionary history of Polyneoptera and its implications for our understanding of early winged insects
The inferences suggest that the last common ancestors of Polyneoptera and of the winged insects were terrestrial throughout their lives, implying that wings did not evolve in an aquatic environment and that social behavior was not part of the polyneopteran ground plan.
Revival of Palaeoptera—head characters support a monophyletic origin of Odonata and Ephemeroptera (Insecta)
The earliest branching event in winged insects, one of the core problems regarding early insect evolution, was addressed using characters of the head, and a sister‐group relationship between a clade Palaeoptera (dragonflies+ mayflies) and the megadiverse monophyletic lineage Neoptera is indicated.
On the head morphology of Phyllium and the phylogenetic relationships of Phasmatodea (Insecta)
The analysis of characters of the head yielded three new autapomorphies of Phylliinae, the presence of a protuberance on the attachment site of the dorsal tentorial arms, dorsoventrally flattened maxillary- and labial palps, and possibly the narrow and U-shaped field of trichomes on the apical part of the galea.