Age of Acarina

Bill Shear wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU
Tue Apr 10 09:00:06 CDT 2001

The new Mesozoic tick may well extend the age of ticks, but not of
the Order Acarina (ticks and mites).  Mite fossils are known from the
Rhynie Chert (early Devonian) and Gilboa (Middle Devonian).  Fecal
pellets attributed to mites have been found in the middle Silurian.

Bill Shear
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