Paul C. Nascimbene
American Museum of Natural History
Publications 27
#1Dany Azar (Lebanese University)H-Index: 21
#2Paul C. Nascimbene (AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 15
Palaeoentomology started in the Eighteenth century with published papers on the curiosities of insects preserved in fossil resins, specifically in Baltic amber. The beginning of the Nineteenth century witnessed the first attempts to study and describe insects from sedimentary rocks. This discipline then developed during the latter Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, and resulted in some major published works and reviews. The last century was a period of relatively slow but continual develo...
#1Enrique Peñalver (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)H-Index: 18
#2Antonio Arillo (Complutense University of Madrid)H-Index: 16
Last.Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente (University of Oxford)H-Index: 10
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The originally published version of this Article was updated shortly after publication to add the word ‘Ticks’ to the title, following its inadvertent removal during the production process. This has now been corrected in both the PDF and HTML versions of the Article.
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#1David A. GrimaldiH-Index: 41
#2David SunderlinH-Index: 5
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#1David A. Grimaldi (AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 41
#2Georgene A. Aaroe (Lafayette College)
Last.Christopher J. Williams (F&M: Franklin & Marshall College)H-Index: 23
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The Chickaloon Formation in south-central Alaska contains rich coal deposits dated very close to the Paleocene-Eocene boundary, immediately beneath which occur dispersed nodules of amber along with abundant remains of Metasequoia, dicots, and monocots. The nodules are small (less than 10 mm in length), nearly 10,000 of which were screened, yielding several inclusions of fungi and plant fragments, but mostly terrestrial arthropods: 29 specimens in 10 orders and 13 families. The fungi include resi...
#1Enrique Peñalver (Instituto Geológico y Minero de España)H-Index: 18
#2Antonio Arillo (Complutense University of Madrid)H-Index: 16
Last.Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente (University of Oxford)H-Index: 10
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Ticks are currently among the most prevalent blood-feeding ectoparasites, but their feeding habits and hosts in deep time have long remained speculative. Here, we report direct and indirect evidence in 99 million-year-old Cretaceous amber showing that hard ticks and ticks of the extinct new family Deinocrotonidae fed on blood from feathered dinosaurs, non-avialan or avialan excluding crown-group birds. A †Cornupalpatum burmanicum hard tick is entangled in a pennaceous feather. Two deinocrotonids...
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#1Jochen Heinrichs (LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)H-Index: 35
#2Armin Scheben (LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)H-Index: 12
Last.Alexander R. Schmidt (GAU: University of Göttingen)H-Index: 25
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Cambay amber originates from the warmest period of the Eocene, which is also well known for the appearance of early angiosperm-dominated megathermal forests. The humid climate of these forests may have triggered the evolution of epiphytic lineages of bryophytes; however, early Eocene fossils of bryophytes are rare. Here, we present evidence for lejeuneoid liverworts and pleurocarpous mosses in Cambay amber. The preserved morphology of the moss fossil is inconclusive for a detailed taxonomic trea...
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#1Harald Schneider (AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 48
#2Alexander R. Schmidt (GAU: University of Göttingen)H-Index: 25
Last.Jochen Heinrichs (LMU: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)H-Index: 35
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One of the grand objectives in the integration of fossils and phylogenetics is to obtain support for macroecological and macroevolutionary hypotheses. Here, we provide new evidence from Dominican amber fossils, which supports a likely stasis in the generic composition of epiphytic plant communities in the West Indies for at least 16 million years. The proposed hypothesis is based on the discovery of the first fossil of the Neotropical fern genus Pleopeltis. The relationships of this specimen to ...
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#1Daniel B. ThomasH-Index: 12
#2Paul C. NascimbeneH-Index: 15
Last.Helen F. JamesH-Index: 28
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Animal colours can be richly informative about aspects of behaviour such as foraging ecology and mate preference. Birds in particular display many striking hues and complex patterns of pigmentation. Examples of plumage adaptations include brightly coloured feathers for enticing potential mates, as well as cryptic patterns that allow a bird to hide in plain sight1,2,3. By analogy with modern birds, the behaviours and habitats of ancient birds and other feathered dinosaurs may be inferred from pig...
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#1Michael S. Engel (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 37
#2Jaime Ortega-Blanco (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 12
Last.Hukam Singh (Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany)H-Index: 14
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The fauna of bees known from Early Eocene (Ypresian) Cambay amber are reviewed. Presently only three species have been recovered, all from among the corbiculate Apinae and representing the extinct tribes Electrapini and Melikertini, and all from genera known from the slightly younger middle Eocene Baltic amber. A single, poorly-preserved and fragmentary female of an unidentifiable species of Protobombus Cockerell is recorded. Two new species of the genus Melikertes Engel are documented, one repr...
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#1Jochen HeinrichsH-Index: 35
#2Dale H. VittH-Index: 1
Last.Alexander R. SchmidtH-Index: 25
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Dominican amber is an important source for Early Miocene bryophytes. We report the moss Macromitrium richardii Schwagr., an extant representative of the Orthotrichaceae, from the Dominican amber collection of the American Museum of Natural History. This species is currently a widespread Neotropical epiphyte. The specimen includes several gametophytes and sporophytes, and represents the first fossil record of Orthotrichaceae. Alongside the Macromitrium shoots we observed several fragments of the ...
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