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Diverse transitional giant fleas from the Mesozoic era of China
Fleas are one of the major lineages of ectoparasitic insects and are now highly specialized for feeding on the blood of birds or mammals. This has isolated them among holometabolan insect orders,Expand
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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 understandingExpand
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Amphibious flies and paedomorphism in the Jurassic period
The species of the Strashilidae (strashilids) have been the most perplexing of fossil insects from the Jurassic period of Russia and China. They have been widely considered to be ectoparasites ofExpand
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Origin of spiders and their spinning organs illuminated by mid-Cretaceous amber fossils
Understanding the genealogical relationships among the arachnid orders is an onerous task, but fossils have aided in anchoring some branches of the arachnid tree of life. The discovery of PalaeozoicExpand
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The first Mesozoic microwhip scorpion (Palpigradi): a new genus and species in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar
A fossil palpigrade is described and figured from mid-Cretaceous (Cenomanian) amber from northern Myanmar. Electrokoenenia yaksha Engel and Huang, gen. n. et sp. n., is the first Mesozoic fossil ofExpand
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Early Evolution of Specialized Termitophily in Cretaceous Rove Beetles
Termitophiles, symbionts that live in termite nests, include a wide range of morphologically and behaviorally specialized organisms. Complex adaptive mechanisms permit these animals to integrate intoExpand
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Cretoleptochromus archaicus gen. et sp. nov., a new genus of ant-like stone beetles in Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Scydmaeninae)
Abstract A new genus and species of the ant-like stone beetle supertribe Mastigitae, Cretoleptochromus archaicus gen. et sp. nov., is described and figured based on an exceptionally well-preservedExpand
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A new twisted-wing parasitoid from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar (Strepsiptera)
Abstract A second Mesozoic twisted-wing parasite (Strepsiptera) is described and figured based on an exceptionally well-preserved male in mid-Cretaceous (Cenomanian) amber from northern Myanmar.Expand
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The oldest aleocharine rove beetle (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) in Cretaceous Burmese amber and its implications for the early evolution of the basal group of hyper-diverse Aleocharinae
Abstract The subfamily Aleocharinae is a hyper-diverse group of Staphylinidae, accounting for nearly one-third of the diversity within the largest animal family on Earth. Here we describeExpand
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New damselfly genera in the Cretaceous Burmese amber attributable to the Platystictidae and Platycnemididae Disparoneurinae (Odonata: Zygoptera)
Two new damselfly genera and species Mesosticta burmatica and Cretadisparoneura hongi, are described from the mid Cretaceous Burmese amber. They are respectively tentatively attributed to theExpand
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