Fossil Arachnids

Author: Jason A. Dunlop,David Penney

Publisher: Siri Scientific Press

ISBN: 0956779549

Category: Arachnida, Fossil

Page: 192

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Fossil Insects of the Purbeck Limestone Group of Southern England

Palaeoentomology from the Dawn of the Cretaceous

Author: Robert A. Coram,James E. Jepson,David Penney

Publisher: Siri Scientific Press

ISBN: 0956779530

Category: Insects, Fossil

Page: 143

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This monograph brings together research which spans over 150 years and provides an up-to-date account of our knowledge of the Purbeck insect fauna.The geological setting of the Purbeck Limestone Group is discussed, along with the palaeoenvironments in which the insects lived and the factors that affected their preservation. A complete annotated and fully referenced systematic list of both described and recorded fossil insects from the Purbeck has been compiled, illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings. A detailed examination of both the terrestrial and aquatic environments. Information on habitat preferences, feeding strategies and predator/prey relationships have been interpreted from the fossil insects and other organisms found within these rocks. Should be of interest to both amateur and professional entomologists and palaeontologists.
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Fossil Insects

An introduction to palaeoentomology

Author: David Penney,James E Jepson

Publisher: Siri Scientific Press

ISBN: 095745306X

Category: Science

Page: 224

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Palaeoentomology represents the interface between two huge scientific disciplines: palaeontology – the study of fossils, and entomology – the study of insects. However, fossils rarely feature extensively in books on insects, and likewise, insects rarely feature in books about fossils. Similarly, college or university palaeontology courses rarely have an entomological component and entomology courses do not usually consider the fossil record of insects in any detail. This is not due to a lack of insect fossils. The fossil record of insects is incredibly diverse in terms of taxonomic scope, age range (Devonian to Recent), mode of preservation (amber and rock) and geographical distribution (fossil insects have been recorded from all continents, including Antarctica). In this book the authors aim to help bridge the palaeontology–entomology gap by providing a broadly accessible introduction to some of the best preserved fossil insects from a wide range of deposits from around the globe, many of which are beautifully illustrated by colour photographs. Also covered are insect behaviour and ecology in the fossil record, sub-fossil insects, trace fossils and insect species longevity. Just as insects are useful as ecological indicators today, the same can be expected to be true of the past. Such applications of the insect fossil record are briefly discussed. It is hoped that this book will encourage a few future researchers to enter the fascinating realm of palaeoentomology and to this end there is a section on how to become a palaeoentomologist. However, it is aimed at a much broader audience – those with an interest in fossils and/or insects in general, who will no doubt marvel at the diversity and excellent preservation of the fossils illustrated.
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Fossil Spiders

The Evolutionary History of a Mega-diverse Order

Author: David Penney,Paul Selden

Publisher: Siri Scientific Press

ISBN: 0955863651

Category: Amber fossils

Page: 127

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Compared to insects, fossil spiders have received only scant attention in the literature. Previously, the only works available were numerous scientific papers, many published in foreign languages. Most of these are basic descriptive taxonomic works, with very few considering broader biological concepts. Despite a significant increase in the discovery and description of fossil spiders within the last quarter Century this void remained unfilled. Thus, this short monograph aims to achieve several objectives. Firstly, to provide general and up to date background information on the overall importance and diversity of fossils spiders, including an indication of those groups for which the taxonomy is spurious and in need of reassessment. Secondly, to discuss the techniques available for working with fossil spiders and some of the problems encountered by palaeoarachnologists, including bias and limitations of the spider fossil record. Thirdly, the overall evolutionary history of spiders is summarized in the form of an evolutionary tree, which is subsequently used to address key issues of broad interest, such as origins, diversifications and extinctions, including the effects of mass extinctions and predator-prey co-radiations. Finally, the contribution that fossil data can make to understanding the past and present biogeography of the order is considered. This book should be of interest to both amateur and professional arachnologists and palaeontologists and will also serve as a general palaeontological reference work for neonologists studying extant spiders.
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Handbook of Australasian Biogeography

Author: Malte C. Ebach

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315355779

Category: Nature

Page: 376

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The Handbook of Australasian Biogeography is the most comprehensive overview of the biogeography of Australasian plants, fungi and animal taxa in a single volume. This volume is unique in its coverage of marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and subterranean taxa. It is an essential publication for anyone studying or researching Australasian biogeography. The book contains biogeographic reviews of all major plant, animal and fungal groups in Australasia by experts in the field, including a strong emphasis on invertebrates, algae, fungi and subterranean taxa. It discusses how Australasia is different from the rest of the world and what other areas share its history and biota.
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Monograph Series

Author: University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus). Graduate School of Library Science,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate School of Library Science

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Library science

Page: N.A

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The Fossil Record

A Symposium with Documentation

Author: Walter Brian Harland,Geological Society of London

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fossils

Page: 827

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1. Papers presented at a joint meeting of the Geological Society of London and the Palaeontological Association held in the Department of Geology, University College of Swansea, on 20-21 Dec. 1965. 2. Documentation of the fossil record. 3. Computer analysis.
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