[Taxacom] ISE - new subject issue on Cretaceous Insects

John Grehan jgrehan at sciencebuff.org
Sat Jul 23 23:05:08 CDT 2011

It might be the case that the "Golden Age" is to invoke added
significance and therefore interest in the publication. It's a common
enough ploy in the popularization of science (and I would not suggest
that there is anything necessarily bad about it, but as Ken notes, it
can lend itself to a lack of broader context).

John Grehan

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[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Kenneth Kinman
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] ISE - new subject issue on Cretaceous Insects

Dear All,
      Order Coxoplectoptera contains very weird insects (some people are
even calling them "Frankensteins").  But if they arose around the time
of mayflies (Carboniferous), why have they not been found in the
Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, or Jurassic?  Is there simply a very
long ghost lineage, perhaps because they never left South America?  Or
is it a exgroup which evolved from another (paraphyletic) Order sometime
between the Carboniferous and Cretaceous?  I don't have access the
article, so don't know if the authors addressed this issue.             
       I am also curious why the editors of this volume call the
Cretaceous "the Golden Age" of insect evolution.  Although there was a
proliferation of lower level taxa during the Cretaceous (especially in
those insects  co-evolving with angiosperms), the vast majority of
insect Orders arose in the Carboniferous and Permian, so I would tend to
regard the late Paleozoic as their "Golden Age".      
         --------Ken Kinman                              
Lars Krogmann wrote:

Dear colleagues, 
I am happy to announce that Insect Systematics & Evolution
(<http://www.brill.nl/ise>http://www.brill.nl/ise) has published its new
subject issue, which is titled The Cretaceous - The Golden Age of Insect
ISE 42-2 comprises 9 original research papers in which significant
fossils from eight different insect orders are described and
phylogenetically interpreted. The feature article comprises the
description of a new fossil insect order, the Coxoplectoptera. This
article was released today at 6 a.m. (EST) during a press conference at
the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Germany (please find the
media alert attached). 
The 2010 impact factor for ISE has further increased and is now 1.0.
Submissions are welcome any time under:
Best wishes, 
Lars Krogmann 


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