The Earliest Beetle Identified

  title={The Earliest Beetle Identified},
  author={O. B{\'e}thoux},
  • O. Béthoux
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Abstract Holometabolan insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), represent about half of all living organisms. Their development cycle, allowing larvae and adults to exploit distinct ecological niches, is traditionally advocated as a critical adaptation resulting in this extraordinary diversity. Herein I report the occurrence of a beetle from the Pennsylvanian deposit of Mazon Creek (IL, USA). It predates the diversification of Coleoptera by at least 65 million years. This identification… CONTINUE READING
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