Evolution of the Insects

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Cambridge University Press, May 16, 2005 - Science
Insects are the most diverse group of organisms in the 3 billion-year history of life on Earth, and the most ecologically dominant animals on land. This book chronicles for the first time the complete evolutionary history of insects: their living diversity, relationships and 400 million years of fossils. Whereas other volumes have focused on either living species or fossils, this is the first comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of insect evolution. The book is illustrated with 955 photo- and electronmicrographs, drawings, diagrams, and field photos, many in full colour and virtually all of them original. The book will appeal to anyone engaged with insect diversity: professional entomologists and students, insect and fossil collectors, and naturalists.
 

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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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