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 […]

Termite as Pollinator? Fossil Specimen Captures the Act

termite in amber with milkweed flower

As far as insect reputations goes, termites are typically known as pests. They get little of the adulation heaped on their pollinator cousins. But a new discovery of a fossilized termite in amber might give reason to see termites in a different light. As reported in the Spring 2017 issue of American Entomologist, a termite […]

New Fossil Evidence Shows Beetles Pollinated Orchids Millions of Years Ago

By John P. Roche For flowering plants to reproduce sexually, they need to disperse pollen so that the male gametes in the pollen can reach and fertilize the egg in the plant embryo sac. Plants have evolved a variety of mechanisms to disperse pollen. Among them, orchids have evolved a mechanism using pollination structures called […]

New Book Combines Palaeontology and Entomology

A new book called Fossil Insects, by Dr. David Penney and James E. Jepson, details the incredible preservation and diversity of fossilized insects from around the world, setting the scene for what these remarkable fossils can tell us about the ancient and modern worlds, and even the future of our planet. Using pioneering scientific methods […]