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Age constraint on Burmese amber based on U–Pb dating of zircons
Evolution of the insects
Insects, mass extinctions, and the K/T boundary The tertiary Mammalian radiations Pleistocene dispersal and species lifespans Island faunas and the future Glossary References Index.
Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life
- B. Wiegmann, Michelle Trautwein, D. Yeates
- BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 14 March 2011
It is demonstrated that flies experienced three episodes of rapid radiation—lower Diptera (220 Ma), lower Brachycera (180 Ma), and Schizophora (65 Ma)—and a number of life history transitions to hematophagy, phytophagy and parasitism in the history of fly evolution over 260 million y.
Fossiliferous Cretaceous Amber from Myanmar (Burma): Its Rediscovery, Biotic Diversity, and Paleontological Significance
The stratigraphic distribution of exclusively Mesozoic arthropods in Burmese amber is reviewed, which indicates a probable Turonian-Cenomanian age of this material.
A phylogenetic, revised classification of genera in the Drosophilidae (Diptera). Bulletin of the AMNH ; no. 197
- D. Grimaldi
The Drosophilidae in the Superfamily Ephydroidea is classified as follows: male Genitalia, females genitalia, males wings, females wings, males legs, females legs, males genitalia and thorax are classified as “genera”.
The Co-Radiations of Pollinating Insects and Angiosperms in the Cretaceous
- D. Grimaldi
- 21 January 1999
Treatise on the Isoptera of the World
ABSTRACT A comprehensive compendium on the taxonomy and biology of the 3106 living and fossil species of the worlds termites is presented, along with reviews of Isoptera morphology and evolution,…
A Revision of Cretaceous Mantises and Their Relationships, Including New Taxa (Insecta: Dictyoptera: Mantodea)
- D. Grimaldi
- 1 July 2003
Cladistic analysis of 26 morphological characters and 20 taxa indicates that Cretaceous mantises are phylogenetically basal to all living species and do not belong to the most basal living families Chaeteessidae, Mantoididae, and Metallyticidae.
Termites (Isoptera): Their Phylogeny, Classification, and Rise to Ecological Dominance
The first phylogeny of termite lineages using exemplar Cretaceous, Tertiary, and Recent taxa was presented, revealing extensive grades of stem-group taxa and the divergence of some modern families in theCretaceous.
A formicine in New Jersey cretaceous amber (Hymenoptera: formicidae) and early evolution of the ants.
- D. Grimaldi, D. Agosti
- Biology, GeographyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 5 December 2000
The apex of the gaster has an acidopore and, thus, allows definitive assignment of the fossil to the large extant subfamily Formicinae, members of which use a defensive spray of formic acid.