Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity

  title={Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity},
  author={Diying Huang and Michael S. Engel and Chenyang Cai and Andr{\'e} Nel},
  journal={Chinese Science Bulletin},
The recently discovered definite giant fleas from the Middle Jurassic Daohugou fauna and the Early Cretaceous Jehol fauna of northeastern China represent significant evidence for understanding ectoparasitism in the Mesozoic as well as the evolution of these giant blood feeders with their putative hosts (i.e. hairy or feathered vertebrates). On the basis of seven well-preserved specimens from Daohugou and Huangbanjigou we analyse the systematic classification of these primitive fleas… 

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