Silent Stories-Insect fossil Treasures from Dinosaur Era of the Northeastern China

沉默的故事—中国东北恐龙时代的昆虫化石

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Author: Ren Dong, Shih Chungkun
Language: English
ISBN/ISSN: 9787030281913
Published on: 2010-01
Hardcover

Insect fossil treasures from the dinosaur era (165 to 130 Ma) in northeastern China are showcased in this book with their silent stories. Not only their taxonomy and morphology, but also their potential implications on natural sciences are presented here. Besides academic science, we highlight popular science by providing information on extant insects and insect-related stories. Elegant and beautiful photos of fossil and extant insects are shown to illustrated our stories while serving as visual arts. In addition to the 18 insect orders (Chapters 5 to 22), the book also covers fossil sites (1 and 4 ), palaeogeology (2), co-existing animals and plants (3), palaeo-ecosystems (23), pollination and “flower” visits (24) and insect mimicry (25). Judging by the high diversity and the large population of the fossil insects, insects have certainly played critical roles in the evolution and eco-systems over eons, which in turn have made insect a highly successful class. Intended to appeal to a broad spectrum of readers (such as palaeontologists, entomologists, evolutionists, palaeoecologists, fossil collectors, naturalists, hobbyists and students), we hope that readers will have fun while gaining new understanding and enjoying the artistic presentations. New fossil findings and further studies will continue to expand knowledge and deepen understanding in these fields.



Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Upper Mesozoic Stratigraphic Characteristics in Northeastern China
Chapter 3 Well-Balanced Eco-systems
Chapter 4 Insects-On the Spot Light
Chapter 5 Ephemeroptera-A Short life to live
Chapter 6 Odonata-Terminators with Wings
Chapter 7 Plecoptera-Indicator of Water Quality
Chapter 8 Blattodea-Survivors of the Fittest
Chapter 9 Grylloblattodea-Rare Living Fossils
Chapter 10 Dermaptera-Mystery at Night
Chapter 11 Orthoptera-The sound of Chirping
Chapter 12 Chresmodidae-Skiing on Water
Chapter 13 Phasmatodea-Swaying in the Wind
Chapter 14 Homoptera-17 Years Underground
Chapter 15 Heteroptera-Smelly Defense or Piercing Offense
Chapter 16 Raphidioptera-Loking Out and Looking Forward
Chapter 17 Neuroptera-Grace with Lace
Chapter 18 Coleoptera-Sacred, Precious and Strong
Chapter 19 Mecoptera-Stinger with out the Sting
Chapter 20 Diptera-“Vampires” for Dinosaurs
Chapter 21 Trichoptera-Mobile Home Builder
Chapter 22 Hymenoptera-Pollinators’ Contribution
Chapter 23 Reconstruction of Palaeoecology for Insect Faunas
Chapter 24 Pollination and “Flower” Visits
Chapter 25 Mimicry



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