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Diverse transitional giant fleas from the Mesozoic era of China
Giant forms from the Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods of China exhibit many defining features of fleas but retain primitive traits such as non-jumping hindlegs, implying that these fleas may be rooted among the pollinating ‘long siphonate’ scorpionflies of the Mesozoic.
Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity
The basal morphological disparities of Siphonaptera in the Mesozoic are evidenced by the occurrence of at least three distinct groups (pseudopulicids, tarwiniids, and saurophthirids).
Integrated phylogenomic and fossil evidence of stick and leaf insects (Phasmatodea) reveal a Permian–Triassic co-origination with insectivores
- Erik Tihelka, Chenyang Cai, M. Giacomelli, D. Pisani, P. Donoghue
- Biology, GeographyRoyal Society Open Science
- 1 November 2020
A Permian to Triassic origin of crown Phasmatodea coinciding with the radiation of early insectivorous parareptiles, amphibians and synapsids is recovered.
An unusual new lineage of sawflies (Hymenoptera) in Upper Cretaceous amber from northern Myanmar
Amphibious flies and paedomorphism in the Jurassic period
It is concluded that strashilids are highly specialized flies (Diptera) bearing large membranous wings, with substantial sexual dimorphism of the hind legs and abdominal extensions, and the idea that they belong to an extinct order is unsupported and the lineage can be placed within the true flies.
Early Evolution of Specialized Termitophily in Cretaceous Rove Beetles
Mycophagous rove beetles highlight diverse mushrooms in the Cretaceous
- Chenyang Cai, R. Leschen, D. Hibbett, Fangyuan Xia, Diying Huang
- Environmental ScienceNature communications
- 16 March 2017
Diverse and morphologically specialized oxyporines from the Early Cretaceous suggests the existence of diverse Agaricomycetes and a specialized trophic interaction and ecological community structure by this early date.
Revision of five Mesozoic beetles from Southern China
Five fossil beetles originally described from the Early-Middle Jurassic of Hunan,Guangxi and Anhui of southern China are revised here, greatly broaden knowledge of the early distribution of the superfamily Elateroidea.
The first araripeneurine antlion in Burmese amber (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae)