The fossil record and the origin of ticks (Acari: Parasitiformes: Ixodida)

  title={The fossil record and the origin of ticks (Acari: Parasitiformes: Ixodida)},
  author={J. Fuente},
  journal={Experimental \& Applied Acarology},
  • J. Fuente
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Experimental & Applied Acarology
Ticks are obligate hematophagous ectoparasites of terrestrial vertebrates. Hypotheses on the origin of ticks have been proposed based on tick-host associations and the total-evidence approach analysis of morphological and molecular characters. Nevertheless, the origin of ticks remains a controversial issue. Here, I revised the tick fossil record including reports from the literature and the description of 7 new specimens. The analysis of fossil ticks provides few clues to tick evolution but… Expand

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