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Sat, Feb 22, 2021
Fossil Club Public Lecture by Sarah Augusta MacCraken

Location: Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, Maryland 20688    View Map
Date: 2/22/2020
Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM (01:30 Duration)
Posted By: Anjelica Eitel

THE INCONSPICUOUS LIVES OF ANCIENT INSECTS: FOSSIL EVIDENCE OF INSECT HERBIVORY ON PLANTS

The evolutionary history of plants and their insect adversaries is a story told by the scars on fossil leaves. Insect damage on a single leaf not only captures one moment in time when an insect fed upon a plant, but it also reflects the millions of years of evolution leading up to that moment. These minute and unassuming fossil traces also tell us a great deal about how terrestrial ecosystems functioned during periods of biotic turnover, climate change, and extinction events. For this talk, I will discuss my research on Late Cretaceous and early Paleocene plant-insect associations, including a newly discovered lyonetiid moth mite, the oldest evidence for plant-mite associations, insect herbivory during the rise and radiation of flowering plants, and a new project examining insect herbivory throughout the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction.
2020-02-22T14:30 2020-02-22T16:00 America/New_York Fossil Club Public Lecture by Sarah Augusta MacCraken THE INCONSPICUOUS LIVES OF ANCIENT INSECTS: FOSSIL EVIDENCE OF INSECT HERBIVORY ON PLANTS The evolutionary history of plants and their insect adversaries is a story told by the scars on fossil leaves. Insect damage on a single leaf not only captures one moment in time when an insect fed upon a plant, but it also reflects the millions of years of evolution leading up to that moment. These minute and unassuming fossil traces also tell us a great deal about how terrestrial ecosystems functioned during periods of biotic turnover, climate change, and extinction events. For this talk, I will discuss my research on Late Cretaceous and early Paleocene plant-insect associations, including a newly discovered lyonetiid moth mite, the oldest evidence for plant-mite associations, insect herbivory during the rise and radiation of flowering plants, and a new project examining insect herbivory throughout the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. -- Imported from So. Md. Community Calendar ( www.somd.com/calendar/ ) Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, Maryland 20688



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