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A mantidfly in Cretaceous Spanish amber provides insights into the evolution of integumentary specialisations on the raptorial foreleg

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Multiple predatory insect lineages have developed a raptorial lifestyle by which they strike and hold prey using modified forelegs armed with spine-like structures and other integumentary specialisations. However, how structures enabling the raptorial function evolved in insects remains largely hypothetical or inferred through phylogeny due to the rarity of meaningful fossils. This is particularly true for mantidflies (Neuroptera: Mantispidae), which have a scarce fossil record mostly base...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
GLAM
Department:
Natural History Museum
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2830-2639
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ORCID:
0000-0001-8312-6087
Publisher:
Nature Research
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Scientific Reports More from this journal
Volume:
9
Publication date:
2019-09-13
Acceptance date:
2019-08-24
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EISSN:
2045-2322
Language:
English
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pubs:1053348
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2019-09-13

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