Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fossils Provide New Clues To Insect Evolution

A new insect order has been discovered by scientists at the Stuttgart Natural History Museum. Named Coxoplectoptera it is an extinct relation to the mayfly, but seems to have characteristics of various other insects. Wing veins like a mayfly but the wing shape & breast of a dragonfly & legs like a praying mantis while its larvae resemble freshwater shrimps. Their anatomy suggests that they were ambush predators living partly dug in to river beds.
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