author={Sonja Wedmann and David K. Yeates},
Abstract:  The first fossil records of Holarctic representatives of the genus Comptosia Macquart, 1840 from the middle Eocene Messel Pit, Germany, and the upper Eocene of Florissant, USA, are reported. The fossil from Messel, Comptosia pria sp. nov., is represented by a well‐preserved wing, displaying characteristic wing venation, remains of the second wing and elements of the thorax. The Florissant fossil, C. miranda comb. nov., is preserved almost completely with both wings and most parts of… 

Fossil water‐penny beetles (Coleoptera: Psephenidae: Eubrianacinae) from the Eocene of Europe, with remarks on their phylogenetic position and biogeography

The analysis of the phylogenetic position of both Eocene eubrianacine species showed that their phylogenetic placement cannot be resolved, and the fossil record shows that psephenid beetles have fossil members occurring outside their current distribution range, so inter- pretations of their biogeography based only on extant members can be misleading.

New Middle Eocene Formicid Species from Germany and the Evolution of Weaver Ants

Comparisons of the queens from different fossil and extant species indicate morphological trends, partly connected with increasing fertility, that originated in the early Paleogene in the Palaearctic realm, radiating strongly during the climatic changes of the Eocene—Oligocene transition.

Two new and disparate fossil bee flies (Bombyliidae: Anthracinae) from the Americas and reassessment of Anthrax dentoni Lewis, 1969

In this study, two new species of anthracine bee flies are described and one previously described species is reassessed. Anthrax succini Greenwalt and Evenhuis sp. nov. is the first of the very

The poneromorph ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae: Amblyoponinae, Ectatomminae, Ponerinae) of Grube Messel, Germany: high biodiversity in the Eocene

Light is shed on ant diversification during the Eocene by analysis of the ant taphocoenosis of the fossil site Grube Messel, Germany, which yielded three poneromorph subfamilies and 22 new species in six genera, four of which are new.

Fossil insects from the Late Oligocene Enspel Lagerstätte and their palaeobiogeographic and palaeoclimatic significance

An overview of the insect taphocoenosis from the upper Oligocene Enspel Lagerstätte (Germany) is given and taphonomic similarities with other localities are discussed.

Diverse Orthorrhaphan Flies (Insecta: Diptera: Brachycera) in Amber From the Cretaceous of Myanmar: Brachycera in Cretaceous Amber, Part VII

  • D. Grimaldi
  • Biology
    Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
  • 2016
A remarkable diversity of new nonempidoid orthorrhaphan flies from the mid-Cretaceous of Myanmar is presented, including 28 species in 22 genera (13 new), and at least 12 families, and some morphological features in fossil and Recent Brachycera are presented.

Phylogeny, classification and biogeography of bombyliine bee flies (Diptera, Bombyliidae)

The first phylogenetic hypothesis for this subfamily of bee flies is presented, based on 157 adult morphological characters scored for 123 species representing 60 genera, including all the tribes of Bombyliinae, and the related subfamilies Lordotinae and Toxophorinae.

The oldest representative of the bombyliid bee fly in the earliest Eocene French amber

Eoconophorina sp. the oldest representative of the bee fly subfamily Bombyliinae, is described from the earliest Eocene Oise amber (France). It is characterized by the presence of mid tibial spurs,

Diversification of the greater hydrophilines clade of giant water scavenger beetles dated back to the Middle Eocene (Coleoptera : Hydrophilidae : Hydrophilina)

These fossils are the oldest known records of the mentioned genera and indicate a minimum age of 47 million years for the divergence of the Hydrobiomorpha and Hydrophilus clades, assuming that the diversification of the ‘greater hydrophilines’ clade predated the lower Middle Eocene.



New fossil bee flies (Diptera : Bombylioidea) in the Lowermost Eocene amber of the Paris Basin

This discovery suggests that the present Gondwanan distribution of the Systropodini is an artefact related to the climatic changes in the Tertiary, and represents the oldest fossil record of Bombyliidae.

Oldest records of Bombyliidae: Phthiriinae and Mythicomyiidae: Glabellulinae from the Lowermost Eocene amber of France (Diptera: Bombylioidea)

This discovery suggests a relatively humid forest close to a river with a drier surrounding area for the palaeoenvironment of the Oise amber, suggesting at least a Late Cretaceous age for this group, coincident with the diversification of the flowering plants.

Revision of the Australian bee fly genus Comptosia (Diptera : Bombyliidae)

The Australian bee fly genus Comptosia is revised. Alyosia Rondani, Epidosia Hull, Opsonia Hull, Paradosia Hull and Anthocolon Hull are synonymised with Comptosia Macquart. There are 138 species of

Revision of the Australian bee fly genus Aleucosia Edwards (Diptera : Bombyliidae)

Comptosia (Aleucosia) Edwards is diagnosed and Chelina Hull and Paramonovomyia Evenhuis are synonymised with it and a key to the Australian genera of Lomatiinae is presented.

Phylogenetic relationships of the Australian lomatiines (Diptera: Bombyliidae)

Cladistic analysis is used to isolate the monophyletic group of genera that comprise the Australian Lomatiinae and to investigate the relationships between the Australian genera and the relationship of the Australian lomatiines to the world fauna is discussed.

The evolutionary pattern of host use in the Bombyliidae (Diptera): a diverse family of parasitoid flies

An evolutionary scenario progressing from an ancestral substrate-zone free-living predator to ectoparasitoid, a broadening of host range to include the consumption of orthopteran egg pods, and the independent development of endopar asitism in two lineages is proposed.

Review of the Tertiary microbombyliids (Diptera: Mythicomyiidae) in Baltic, Bitterfeld, and Dominican amber

The Tertiary amber fossil Mythicomyiidae are reviewed and a new genus, Borissovia, gen.n.

The ecological role of immature phantom midges (Diptera : Chaoboridae) in the Eocene Lake Messel, Germany

The survey of identified remains of immature chaoborids in the coprolites gives an outline of the major role that large populations of phantom midges can play in the pelagic ecosystem of a lake.

Time flies, a new molecular time-scale for brachyceran fly evolution without a clock.

Divergence times based on the 28S rDNA and several fossil constraints indicate that the Brachycera originated in the late Triassic or earliest Mesozoic and that all major lower brachyceran fly lineages had near contemporaneous origins in the mid-Jurassic prior to the origin of flowering plants.

A review of the Afrotropical and Palaearctic genera of Lomatiinae (Diptera: Bombyliidae)

A phylogenetic analysis of the Afrotropical and Palaearctic genera of Lomatiinae demonstrates that the Af rotatedropical species of LOMatia should be transferred to a new genus, Notolomatia gen. n.