Old, But Not That Old: Debunking the Myth of Ancient Cockroaches

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By Dominic Anthony Evangelista, Ph.D. and Manpreet Kohli Cockroaches are not 300 million years old. They might not even be 200 million years old. In fact, the oldest cockroaches known from the fossil record are only 125-140 million years old, hardly the ancient and immortal beasts claimed by some. In our new paper published in […]

A Cockroach and a Cacophonous Case of Careless Characters

By Dominic Evangelista As a subject editor for the journal Zookeys, I recently officiated one paper that recounted an incredible story. The paper by Xin-Ran Li and Zong-Qing Wang addresses one very specific taxonomic problem of a little suffix for a very cute cockroach. Typically, human classification schemes bring slightly more order to the complex […]

New Checklist of Guiana Shield Highlights Cockroach Diversity in the Americas

Cockroaches that mimic beetles, semi-aquatic cockroaches, and cockroaches that live only in forest canopies … These are only a few of the 234 cockroach species listed as the known fauna of the Guiana Shield in a new paper published in the journal ZooKeys. It turns out that the Guiana Shield — a large region in […]

May Berenbaum Receives New Species of Cockroach Named After Her

Earlier this year, a PhD student named Dominic Evangelista wrote a blog post for Entomology Today where he described a new species of cockroach he had discovered, and offered to name it after the person who donated the most money to his future research efforts. The highest bidder turned out to be none other than […]

How to Describe a New Species: Getting into the “Spuh Nov” Club

By Dominic Evangelista One of my life-long dreams has been to discover and describe a species previously unknown to science. It’s something a lot of aspiring naturalists dream about. However, unlike my other dream of getting one at-bat for the Yankees, this one is actually pretty doable. In fact, as of November 2014 I have […]