Revival of Palaeoptera—head characters support a monophyletic origin of Odonata and Ephemeroptera (Insecta)

@article{Blanke2012RevivalOP,
  title={Revival of Palaeoptera—head characters support a monophyletic origin of Odonata and Ephemeroptera (Insecta)},
  author={A. Blanke and B. Wipfler and H. Letsch and M. Koch and F. Beckmann and R. Beutel and B. Misof},
  journal={Cladistics},
  year={2012},
  volume={28}
}
The earliest branching event in winged insects, one of the core problems regarding early insect evolution, was addressed using characters of the head. The head is arguably one of the most complex body regions in insects and the phylogenetic information content of its features has been demonstrated. In contrast, the wings and other body parts related to the flight apparatus and sperm transmission are not useful in the context of this problem, as the outgroups (silverfish and bristletails) are… Expand
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