Evolution of the Insects

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Cambridge University Press, May 16, 2005 - Science - 755 pages
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This book chronicles the complete evolutionary history of insects--their living diversity and relationships as well as 400 million years of fossils. Introductory sections cover the living species diversity of insects, methods of reconstructing evolutionary relationships, basic insect structure, and the diverse modes of insect fossilization and major fossil deposits. Major sections then explore the relationships and evolution of each order of hexapods. The volume also chronicles major episodes in the evolutionary history of insects from their modest beginnings in the Devonian and the origin of wings hundreds of millions of years before pterosaurs and birds to the impact of mass extinctions and the explosive radiation of angiosperms on insects, and how they evolved into the most complex societies in nature. Whereas other volumes focus on either living species or fossils, this is the first comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of insect evolution. Illustrated with 955 photo- and electron- micrographs, drawings, diagrams, and field photos, many in full color and virtually all of them original, this reference will appeal to anyone engaged with insect diversity--professional entomologists and students, insect and fossil collectors, and naturalists. David Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel have collectively published over 200 scientific articles and monographs on the relationships and fossil record of insects, including 10 articles in the journals Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. David Grimaldi is curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History and adjunct professor at Cornell University, Columbia University, and the City University of New York. David Grimaldi has traveled in 40 countries on 6 continents, collecting and studying recent species of insects and conducting fossil excavations. He is the author of Amber: Window to the Past (Abrams, 2003). Michael S. Engel is an assistant professor in the Division of Entomology at the University of Kansas; assistant curator at the Natural History Museum, University of Kansas; research associate of the American Museum of Natural History; and fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Engel has visited numerous countries for entomological and paleontological studies, doing most of his fieldwork in Central Asia, Asia Minor, and the Western Hemisphere.
  

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This is a tome. Not for reading on public transportation. It lays out the foundation of biological taxonomy, brings in plate tectonics, geology, identifies what the ecosystem was like going back to ... Read full review

Contents

Fossil Insects
42
Arthropods and the Origin of Insects
93
the Insects
119
metapterygota
166
the stoneflies
194
the crickets katydids grasshoppers wetas and kin
202
the stick and leaf insects
211
the caloneurodeans
217
ARCHOSTEMATA
363
MYXOPHAGA
370
THE ENIGMATIC ORDER
399
THE EUHYMENOPTERA AND PARASITISM
413
ACULEATA
429
EVOLUTION OF INSECT SOCIALITY
464
Antliophora and Amphiesmenoptera ____
468
The Caddisflies and Lepidoptera
548

the African rock crawlers
224
Jlie Paraneopteran Orders
261
The Cicadas Plant Hoppers
303
Yhe Holometabola
331
nects Become ModernPTKeSretaceous and Tertiary Periods
607
References
662
Index
733
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Engel is Professor of Political Science at Westfield State College.

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