By S.A. Elias (Eds.)
Advances in Quaternary Entomology addresses the technological know-how of fossil bugs by way of demonstrating their substantial contribution to our wisdom of the paleoenvironmental and climatological checklist of the previous 2.6 million years. during this accomplished survey of the sector, Scott A. Elias recounts improvement of scholarship, reports the fossil insect list from Quaternary deposits in the course of the global, and issues to lucrative components for destiny learn. The research of Quaternary entomology is changing into a massive software in figuring out prior environmental alterations. so much bugs are relatively particular as to habitat specifications, and people in non-island environments have gone through nearly no evolutionary switch within the Quaternary interval. We for this reason can use their glossy ecological standards as a foundation for studying what prior environments should have been like.
beneficial properties: * describes and identifies primary features of fossil insect teams of the Quaternary interval * Ties Quaternary insect reports to the bigger box of paleoecology * deals worldwide insurance of the topic with particular local examples * illustrates particular equipment and tactics for carrying out study in Quaternary Entomology * bargains precise perception into overlying developments and broader implications of Quaternary weather switch in response to insect lifetime of the interval
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Identification of Other Groups of Fossil Insects Several other insect orders are frequently encountered in Quaternary sediments. Many ants (Formicidae) have heavily sclerotized head capsules that contain sufficient diagnostic characters to allow specific identifications (Fig. 2E). Ant mandibles are heavily sclerotized, and are often found in fossil assemblages. In some cases, it is not possible to identify ant remains to the species level, but even generic ant identifications may be of use in paleoenvironmental reconstructions.
The Quaternary insect fossil record, albeit far from perfect, offers orders of magnitude more fossil material, far greater diversity of species, and far more precise chronological control (by radiocarbon dating and other radiometric methods) for many beetle families. As discussed in Chapter 1, the first Quaternary entomologists described fossil beetles as extinct species, assuming that rapid insect speciation accompanied the extreme climatic fluctuations and the waxing and waning of continental ice sheets of the Pleistocene.
4 The Value of Insects in Paleoecology Some ground beetles and rove beetles live in mammal and bird nests, where they prey on fleas, mites, and other parasites. The larvae of carrion beetles (Silphidae) feed on carrion, but adults also prey on other insects (especially maggots) found on carrion (Anderson and Peck, 1985). Again, the fossil remains of these insects tell us that their avian and mammalian hosts were present at the time and place in question, whether or not the hosts were preserved as fossils.
Advances in Quaternary Entomology by S.A. Elias (Eds.)