A review of Burmese amber arachnids

  title={A review of Burmese amber arachnids},
  author={Paul A. Selden and Dong Ren},
  journal={The Journal of Arachnology},
  pages={324 - 343}
  • P. Selden, D. Ren
  • Published 7 December 2017
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • The Journal of Arachnology
Abstract Fossils from the mid-Cretaceous (c. 99 Ma) Myanmar (Burma) amber include all extant orders of Arachnida, including the earliest representatives of Schizomida, Parasitiformes, and Palpigradi. Schizomids are figured from Burmese amber herein for the first time. The most abundant and diverse arachnid order is the Araneae, with 38 families, 93 genera, and 165 species recorded to date. The araneofauna is dominated by haplogynes and palpimanoids, whilst araneoids are rare and members of the… 
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