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Mount Allison University,
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada:
Insect Evolution and Paleontology. Lecture note, Powerpoint presentation.
G. Bechly (2013): Fossile Libellennachweise aus Deutschland. In German.
G. Bechly and R. Stockar (2011): The first Mesozoic record of the extinct apterygote insect genus Dasyleptus (Insecta: Archaeognatha: Monura: Dasyleptidae) from the Triassic of Monte San Giorgio (Switzerland). In PDF, Palaeodiversity, 4: 23–37.
V. Blagoderov et al. (2007):
time flies for flies: diverse Diptera from the Triassic of Virginia and
early radiation of the order. In PDF,
American Museum Novitates.
The link is to a version archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
! T.J. Bradley et al. (2015): Episodes in insect evolution. In PDF, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 49: 590-606.
S.C. Cappellari et al. (2013): Evolution: Pollen or Pollinators — Which Came First? Open access, Current Biology, 23.
F.L. Condamine et al. (2016):
patterns of insect diversification: towards a reconciliation of fossil and molecular evidence?
Scientific Reports, 6.
See also here.
Bryan N. Danforth and
Department of Entomology,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Flowers and Insect Evolution.
Abstract, PDF file, SCIENCE, VOL 283; 1999. See also
! The EDNA fossil insect database (named after Edna Clifford): EDNA aims to be a complete, fully interactive list of all the species of insect named from the fossil record, including site, geological age and reference for each holotype. Read the Help Searching for better search results.
! K.Y. Eskov: Geographical history of the insects. See also: History of Insects (Kluwer Academic Publishers).
Susan E. Fahrbach: What arthropod brains say about arthropod phylogeny.
B.D. Farrell and A.S. Sequeira
(2004): Evolutionary rates in the adaptive
radiation of beetles on plants.
PDF file, Evolution 58: 1984-2001.
Still provided by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
Fossil Record 2 (Department of Earth Sciences
University of Bristol). This
is a near-complete listing of the diversity of life through time, compiled at the level of the family. Go to:
! The fossil Record 2. Recoeding the history and diversity of live, 30 phyla, 122 classes, 701 orders and 5638 families. The data set lists basic data derived from The Fossil Record 2 (Benton, 1993), on the diversity, origination, and extinction of all life, continental life, and marine life from the Vendian to the present-day.
N.C. Fraser et al. (1996): A Triassic lagerstätte from eastern North America. PDF file, Nature.
O.F. Gallego et al. (2011):
most ancient Platyperlidae (Insecta, Perlida= Plecoptera) from early Late Triassic deposits in southern South America.
In PDF, Ameghiniana, 48: 447-461. See also
Please take notice: Fig. 8, the reconstruction by Carsten Brauckmann and Elke Gröening. A plecopteran nymph over a Dicroidium leaf under the water surface.
R. Garwood and M. Sutton (2010): X-ray micro-tomography of Carboniferous stem-Dictyoptera: new insights into early insects. In PDF, Biology Letters.
! Michael W. Gaunt and Michael A. Miles (2002): An Insect Molecular Clock Dates the Origin of the Insects and Accords with Palaeontological and Biogeographic Landmarks. PDF file, Mol. Biol. Evol., 19: 748-761.
J.F. Genise et al. (2020): 100 Ma sweat bee nests: Early and rapid co-diversification of crown bees and flowering plants. Open access, PLoS ONE 15: e0227789.
D. Grimaldi and M.S. Engel (2005):
of the insects. In PDF, 770 pages!
Cambridge Evolution Series.
Note the Evolution of the Insects book announcement. See also
! here (Google books).
N.L. Gunter et al. (2016): If Dung Beetles (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Arose in Association with Dinosaurs, Did They Also Suffer a Mass Co-Extinction at the K-Pg Boundary?. Open access, PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371.
J.F. Harrison et al. (2010): Atmospheric oxygen level and the evolution of insect body size. In PDF, Proc. R. Soc., B, 277: 1937-1946.
Hooper Virtual Paleontological Museum (HVPM): The Development of Insect Flight.
International Palaeoentomological Society (IPS). The aims of the Society are to promote and advance the understanding of fossil insects and other non-marine arthropods.
! J.A. Karr and M.E. Clapham (2015): Taphonomic biases in the insect fossil record: shifts in articulation over geologic time. In PDF, Paleobiology.
A.Y. Kawahara et al. (2019): Phylogenomics reveals the evolutionary timing and pattern of butterflies and moths. Free access, PNAS, 116: 22657-22663.
R.S. Kelly and A. Nel (2018): Revision of some damsel-dragonflies (Odonata, Liassophlebiidae and Anglophlebiidae new family) from the Triassic/Jurassic of England and Antarctica. Journal of Paleontology, 92: 1035-1048.
Kendall Bioresearch Services, Bristol, UK: THE FOSSIL RECORD OF MAJOR INSECT GROUPS OVER THE MAIN GEOLOGICAL PERIODS OF EARTH HISTORY.
P. Kenrick et al. (2012):
timeline for terrestrialization: consequences for the carbon cycle in the Palaeozoic. In PDF,
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367: 519-536.
This expired link is available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
R. Kundrata et al. (2020): X-ray micro-computed tomography reveals a unique morphology in a new click-beetle (Coleoptera, Elateridae) from the Eocene Baltic amber. Open access, Scientific Reports, 10.! C.C. Labandeira (2018, starting on PDF page 65): The global transition from a Mesozoic-aspect to a post-Mesozoic-aspect world: major patterns of ecological and evolutionary change in plant–insect interactions. Abstract, 13th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. In: Terra Nostra, 2018/1.
C.C. Labandeira (2014):
The twenty-five most significant amber deposits and their evolutionary phases. In PDF.
In chronological order, from youngest (top) to oldest (bottom). From:
"Amber". Pp. 163-215 in Reading and Writing of the Fossil Record: Preservational Pathways to Exceptional Fossilization: Presented as a Paleontological Society Short Course at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 18, 2014 (LaFlamme, M., Schiffbauer, J. D. and Darroch, S. A. F.). Paleontological Society.
Conrad C. Labandeira (2010):
Pollination of Mid Mesozoic Seed Plants and the Early History of Long-proboscid Insects.
In PDF, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 97: 469-513.
See also here and there.
Conrad C. Labandeira et al. (2007): Pollination drops, pollen, and insect pollination of Mesozoic gymnosperms. PDF file, Taxon, 56:663-695.
C. Labandeira (2005): Recent and exciting developments in understanding fossil insects and their terrestrial relatives. In PDF, American Paleontologist.! C.C. Labandeira (2002): The history of associations between plants and animals. PDF file, in: Herrera, CM., Pellmyr, O. (eds.). Plant-Animal Interactions: An Evolutionary Approach. London, Blackwell, 26-74, 248-261. See also here (Google books).
Conrad C. Labandeira and Gunter J. Eble, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology, Washington, DC: THE FOSSIL RECORD OF INSECT DIVERSITY AND DISPARITY (PDF file).
! C.C. Labandeira (2001): Rise and diversification of insects. PDF file.
! Conrad C. Labandeira (1998), Department of Paleobiology,
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC:
Enhanced: How Old Is the Flower and the Fly?
Including an extensive annotated link directory.
Science 1998; 280: 57-59.
Website outdated. The link is to a version archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
Conrad C. Labandeira: EARLY HISTORY OF ARTHROPOD AND VASCULAR PLANT ASSOCIATIONS.- Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 1998 26: 329-377. Full Online Access via Annual Reviews, Go to Annual Reviews Search Page (Biomedical Sciences), Search for "Labandeira" (Field Author, Last Name).
! C.C. Labandeira and J.J. Sepkoski (1993): Insect diversity in the fossil record. PDF file, Science. See also here.
Min Li et al. (2012): Higher Level Phylogeny and the First Divergence Time Estimation of Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera) Based on Multiple Genes. In PDF.
C.M. Liutkus et al. (2010): Use of fine-scale stratigraphy and chemostratigraphy to evaluate conditions of deposition and preservation of a Triassic Lagerstätte, south-central Virginia. In PDF, J. Paleolimnol. 44: 645-666.
E.D. Lukashevich et al. (2010):
oldest occurrence of immature Diptera (Insecta),
Middle Triassic, France. PDF file,
Ann. soc. entomol. Fr. (n.s.), 46: 4-22.
The link is to a version archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
! D.D. Mckenna et al. (2015): The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic Entomology, 40: 835–880.
! B. Misof et al. (2014): Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. In PDF, Science. See also here.
Sebastian Molnar, R. Redfield's Research Lab, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Evolution. Go to: Plant Insect Resistance.
M. Montagna et al. (2019): Recalibration of the insect evolutionary time scale using Monte San Giorgio fossils suggests survival of key lineages through the End-Permian Extinction. Abstract, Proc. R. Soc. B, 286.
Laboratory of Arthropods, Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Go to: ECOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE TERRESTRIAL INSECTS (by V.V. Zherikhin).
K.S. Nam et al. (2017): An extraordinary palaeontinid from the Triassic of Korea and its significance. Sci. Rep., 7.
P. Nel et al. (2018): Diversification of insects since the Devonian: a new approach based on morphological disparity of mouthparts. Open access, Scientific Reports, 8.
D.B. Nicholson et al. (2015): Changes to the fossil record of insects through fifteen years of discovery. PLoS ONE, 10.
! D.B. Nicholson et al. (2014): Fossil evidence for key innovations in the evolution of insect diversity. In PDF, Proc. R. Soc., B 281. See also here.
G.L. Osés et al. (2016): Deciphering the preservation of fossil insects: a case study from the Crato Member, Early Cretaceous of Brazil. PeerJ., 4: e2756.
R. Pérez-de la Fuente, et al. (2012):
evolution and ecology of camouflage in insects. In PDF,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109: 21414-21419. See also
Note fig. 2: Reconstruction of H. diogenesi gen. et sp. nov.
A.A. Prokin and A.S. Bashkuev (2020): Trialarva coburgensis gen. et sp. nov., a remarkable fossil holometabolan larva (Insecta: Coleoptera) from the Triassic of Germany. Abstract, PalZ. See also ">here(in PDF).
A.A. Prokin and A.S. Bashkuev (2020): Trialarva coburgensis gen. et sp. nov., a remarkable fossil holometabolan larva (Insecta: Coleoptera) from the Triassic of Germany. Abstract, PalZ. See also here (in PDF).
A.A. Prokin et al. (2013): New beetle larvae (Coleoptera: Coptoclavidae, Caraboidea, Polyphaga) from the Upper Triassic of Germany. In PDF.
J. Prokop et al. (2016):
surface microstructures on
Carboniferous insect Brodioptera
sinensis (Megasecoptera) enlighten
functional morphology and
Sci. Rep. 6,
! "... The broader application to the study of scarce insect fossils was accelerated recently with use of ESEM, which makes it possible to study uncoated specimens using this non-invasive technique ...".
! Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn and Donald L.J. Quicke (eds.) 1980: History of Insects (Kluwer Academic Publishers). Some chapters are free!
! D. Ren et al. (2009). A Probable Pollination Mode Before Angiosperms: Eurasian, Long-Proboscid Scorpionflies. In PDF, Science, 326: 840-847. See also here.
J. Rust (2007):
Bedeutung von Fossilien für phylogenetische Rekonstruktionen. In PDF, go to PDF page 75.
In: Species, Phylogeny
and Evolution, Phylogenetisches Symposium Göttingen.
Snapshot provided by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
S.R. Schachat and C.C. Labandeira (2021): Are Insects Heading Toward Their First Mass Extinction? Distinguishing Turnover From Crises in Their Fossil Record. In PDF, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 114: 99–118. See also here.S.R. Schachat et al. (2018): The importance of sampling standardization for comparisons of insect herbivory in deep time: a case study from the late Palaeozoic. In PDF, R. Soc. open sci.
S.R. Schachat et al. (2014): Plant-Insect Interactions from Early Permian (Kungurian) Colwell Creek Pond, North-Central Texas: The Early Spread of Herbivory in Riparian Environments. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 175.
A.S. Sequeira and B.D. Farrell (2001): Evolutionary origins of Gondwanan interactions: How old are Araucaria beetle herbivores? PDF file, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 74: 459-474.
! D.E. Shcherbakov (2008): Insect recovery after the Permian/Triassic crisis. PDF file, Alavesia, 2: 125-131. See also here.
D.E. Shcherbakov (2008):
Permian and Triassic Insect Faunas in Relation
to Biogeography and the Permian–Triassic Crisis. In PDF,
Paleontological Journal, 42: 15-31.
The link is to a version archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
D.E. Shcherbakov, Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia: Permian Faunas of Homoptera (Hemiptera) in Relation to Phytogeography and the Permo-Triassic Crisis. Paleontological Journal, Vol. 34, Suppl. 3, 2000, pp. S251–S267.
! D.M. Smith and J.D. Marcot (2015): The fossil record and macroevolutionary history of the beetles. Proc. R. Soc., B, 282. See also here (in PDF).
Ted Snyder, Department of Entomology, and the NC State AgNIC Systematic Entomology Team, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: NC State AgNic Entomology, A Guide to Online Insect Systematic Resources. Well organized insight to internet entomology resources, including insect plant interactions.
J. Szwedo and A. Nel (2011): The oldest aphid insect from the Middle Triassic of the Vosges, France. In PDF, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56: 757-766.
! Tree of Life. The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 4000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics. Go to: Insecta.
C.J. van der Kooi and J. Ollerton (2020):
origins of flowering plants and pollinators. Free access,
Science, 368: 1306-1308.
See also here (in PDF).
! John VanDyk, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University: Iowa State Entomology Index of Internet Resources. The directory and search engine of insect-related resources on the Internet. The intent of this site is to maintain a collaborative database of useful sites and organize them in a usable manner. In this way, this site serves as a "jumping-off point" for all entomology sites.
T.J.B. van Eldijk et al. (2018): A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera. In PDF, Sci. Adv., 4. See also here.
! I.M. Vea and D.A. Grimaldi (2016): Putting scales into evolutionary time: the divergence of major scale insect lineages (Hemiptera) predates the radiation of modern angiosperm hosts. Sci Rep., 6.
The Virtual Fossil Museum (Paleo Ring): An educational resource dedicated to fossils. Insect evolution. See also: Insects.
M. Wang et al. (2013): Under Cover at Pre-Angiosperm Times: A Cloaked Phasmatodean Insect from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota. In PDF, See also here.
P. Ward et al. (2006): Confirmation of Romer´s Gap as a low oxygen interval constraining the timing of initial arthropod and vertebrate terrestrialization. In PDF, PNAS, see also here.
T. Wappler et al. (2015): Plant-insect interactions from Middle Triassic (late Ladinian) of Monte Agnello (Dolomites, N-Italy) - initial pattern and response to abiotic environmental perturbations. PeerJ.
! B.M. Wiegmann et al. (2009): Holometabolous insects (Holometabola). PDF file, In: S.B. Hedges and S. Kumar (eds.): The Timetree of Life (see here), and there (Google books).
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
! Evolution of insects.
! Category:Evolution of insects.
Insekten: Fossilbeleg (in German).
Kategorie:Insekten (in German).
Edward O. Wilson (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA), and Bert Hölldobler
(Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften (Biozentrum) der Universität,
The rise of the ants: A phylogenetic and
PDF file, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 102(21): 7411-7414; 2005.
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Isaak S. Winkler and Charles Mitter (2008): The phylogenetic dimension of insect-plant interactions: a review of recent evidence. PDF file. See also here.
J.M. Wolfe et al. (2016):
calibrations for the arthropod Tree of Life. Abstract,
Earth-Science Reviews, 160: 43-110. See also
and there (in PDF).
YAHOO Groups: Paleogeoarthropoda. Paleogeoarthropoda is referring to all non-marine arthropods (i.e., from brackish, freshwater, and terrestrial environments), including chelicerata (xiphosura, eurypterida and "arachnids"), euthycarcinoidea, myriapoda, hexapoda (insecta and others), and some crustaceans. To join, click "Join Group" and follow instructions to become a pending member.
! D. Zheng et al. (2018): Middle-Late Triassic insect radiation revealed by diverse fossils and isotopic ages from China. In PDF, Sci. Adv., 4.
D. Zheng et al. (2017): The first Late Triassic Chinese triadophlebiomorphan (Insecta: Odonatoptera): biogeographic implications. Scientific Reports.
! V.V. Zherikhin:
Ecological history of the terrestrial insects.
History of Insects
(Kluwer Academic Publishers).
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