A Fossil Bee from Early Cretaceous Burmese Amber

  title={A Fossil Bee from Early Cretaceous Burmese Amber},
  author={G. Poinar and B. Danforth},
  pages={614 - 614}
  • G. Poinar, B. Danforth
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The bee fossil record is fragmentary, making it difficult to accurately estimate the antiquity of bee-mediated pollination. Here, we describe a bee fossil [Melittosphex burmensis (new species), Melittosphecidae (new family)] from Early Cretaceous Burmese amber (~100 million years before the present). The fossil provides insights into the morphology of the earliest bees and provides a new minimum date for the antiquity of bees and bee-mediated pollination. 

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