Ento-musings from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Friday, May 17, 2013

Nah, Strashilids Weren't Fleas

For paleoentomologists, the revelation in January of irrefutable evidence that the Strashilidaea Mesozoic family of grotesque insectswere not ectoparasites of pterosaurs was startling. (Or at least it was to me.) This complete revolution in our understanding of what these bristly little puzzlers were was in my mind no less drastic than the moment in 1981 when previously dissociated fossils of a jellyfish, a sea cucumber, and a shrimp turned out to have been the corpus of predatory arthropod Anomalocaris.

Why should you care? I dunno... 

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