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Diversity, Form, and Postembryonic Development of Paleozoic Insects

Jakub Prokop
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André Nel
Michael Engel
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While Mesozoic, Paleogene, and Neogene insect faunas greatly resemble the modern one, the Paleozoic fauna provides unique insights into key innovations in insect evolution, such as the origin of wings and modifications of postembryonic development including holometaboly. Deep-divergence estimates suggest that the majority of contemporary insect orders originated in the Late Paleozoic, but these estimates reflect divergences between stem groups of each lineage rather than the later appearance of the crown groups. The fossil record shows the initial radiations of the extant hyperdiverse clades during the Early Permian, as well as the specialized fauna present before the End Permian mass extinction. This review summarizes the recent discoveries related to the documented diversity of Paleozoic hexapods, as well as current knowledge about what has actually been verified from fossil evidence as it relates to postembryonic development and the morphology of different body parts.

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mnhn-04038971 , version 1 (21-03-2023)



Jakub Prokop, André Nel, Michael Engel. Diversity, Form, and Postembryonic Development of Paleozoic Insects. Annual Review of Entomology, 2023, 68 (1), pp.401-429. ⟨10.1146/annurev-ento-120220-022637⟩. ⟨mnhn-04038971⟩
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