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Associations between Fossil Beetles and Other Organisms

Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Geosciences 2019, 9(4), 184;
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 15 April 2019 / Accepted: 18 April 2019 / Published: 21 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Evolutionary History of the Coleoptera)


The present work reveals plant and animal associates of 16 families and subfamilies of fossil beetles that have been preserved in amber from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Myanmar. The associates include mites, pseudoscorpions, spiders, insect parasites and predators, fungi, angiosperm parts, vertebrates, and nematodes. The presence of these fossil associates can be attributed to the rapid preservation of organisms in resin, thus maintaining natural associations almost “in situ”. Examples of present-day associations similar to those of the fossils show that specific behavioral patterns are often far more ancient than the specific lineages involved. View Full-Text
Keywords: fossil beetles; fossil associates; Myanmar amber; Dominican amber; Mexican amber fossil beetles; fossil associates; Myanmar amber; Dominican amber; Mexican amber

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