Scientific contributions of Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn, 1959 to present

  title={Scientific contributions of Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn, 1959 to present},
  author={Michael S. Engel and D. Shcherbakov},
  pages={11 - 40}
The following list provides citations for 363 scientific contributions, including 13 edited volumes and books, produced by Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn. Naturally, the list presented here is a static representation of Alex’s contributions and we look forward to years of his forthcoming publications to our shared science. Thus, this list only encompasses those papers published as of 1 August 2011. We have published it here so as to bring to the attention of colleagues Alex’s numerous and multifaceted… Expand
Alexandr Pavlovich Rasnitsyn, (palaeo)entomologist extraordinaire – a personal appreciation
This note is not meant to be an exhaustive account of the many achievements of Alex Rasnitsyn over the 75 years of his life thus far, but to give his personal impressions of the authors' interactions, his influence on my own life and work, and on hymenopterology in general. Expand


To the memory of M. A. Kozlov (1936–2006)
Michail Alexeevich defended his remarkable doctoral thesis “Scelionids (Hymenoptera, Proctotrupoidea, Scelionidae), their systematic position, morphological and biological characteristics, distribution, evolution, phylogeny, classification and economic importance,” and in 1991 he was given the title of Professor. Expand
[Classical and non-classical taxonomy: another view].
Biological taxonomy takes its origin from the folk one which is non-classical in that it is seeking for natural boundaries within the observed biodiversity, rather than to impose ideal borderlines upon the biodiversity. Expand
Conceptual issues in phylogeny, taxonomy, and nomenclature
Phylogenetic hypotheses are designed and tested (usually in implicit form) on the basis ofa set ofpresumptions, that is, of statements describing a certain order of things in nature. These statementsExpand
Palaeoentomology, a young old field of science
The fossil insect record was already relatively well docu-mented, but the Cretaceous faunas were underinvested, and both palaeontological and entomological communities considered that these fossils were rare, unreliable, and generally too poorly preserved to allow systematic and palaeoenvironmental studies. Expand
Report on a Russian Treatise about Jurassic Insects of Siberia and Mongolia
Accepted : 1 985-08-02 Crowson , R . A . [Dep . Zool . , Univ. , Glasgow G 1 2 8QQ ; Scotland ) : Report on a Russian Treatise about Jurassic Insects of Siberia and Mongolia . Entomol. Gener. 1 1 ( 1Expand
Molecular phylogenetics, morphological cladistics, and fossil record
Calculations showed the intuitive cladograms to be clearly superior to both molecular and morphological ones in their stratigraphic fit, and the hypothesis of character devaluation resulting from computerized cladistic procedures was directly supported for the first time by calculations. Expand
Studies toward a World Catalog of Symphyta (Hymenoptera).
Taxonomic and nomenclatorial changes affecting Symphyta, resulting from work on a forthcoming world catalog, are proposed and explained. Dolerus zhelochovtsevi Heidemaa & Viitasaari, sp. nov. isExpand
Phylogeny of the Hymenoptera: A cladistic reanalysis of Rasnitsyn’s (1988) data
A character matrix for fossil and recent hymenopterans is derived and it is shown that there is little support for Rasnitsyn’s biphyletic hypothesis, postulating a sister‐group relationship between tenthredinoids and macroxyelines, and the data favour the conventional view that Hymenoptera excluding the Xyelidae are monophyletic. Expand
Ontology of evolution and methodology of taxonomy
The theoretical basis of evolutionary biology is presented and discussed to introduce the reader to problems of evolutionary theory and particularly to the problem of paradigm selection. AdvantagesExpand
The first Praesiricidae (Hymenoptera) from Northeast China
These well-preserved nearly-complete new fossils reported here provide additional material and structure characters about this family, which helps filling some gap in the evolution of Lower Hymenoptera. Expand