A new assessment of Rhyniella, the earliest known insect, from the Devonian of Rhynie, Scotland

@article{Whalley1981ANA,
  title={A new assessment of Rhyniella, the earliest known insect, from the Devonian of Rhynie, Scotland},
  author={Paul Whalley and E. A. Jarzembowski},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1981},
  volume={291},
  pages={317-317}
}
The search for insects (Class Hexapoda) in rocks of Devonian and Lower Carboniferous age (325–415 Myr BP) has continued for many years because so little is known of the early history of these diverse and abundant animals. In 1926, four head capsules of an insect, named Rhyniella praecursor, were discovered in Lower Devonian chert from Rhynie, Aberdeenshire1 by examining thin fragments of this chert, which are rather translucent, like amber. Subsequently, about 10 additional specimens were found… CONTINUE READING