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Title: Studies on the taxonomy and systematics of Orthoptera with particular reference to fossil taxa
Author: Heads, Sam William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 3290
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2009
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The study of fossil Orthoptera has lagged far behind that of other insect orders and has been hindered by the lack of rigorous phylogenetic analyses. The present thesis is concerned primarily with the description of several important new fossil Orthoptera, particularly those preserved in Burmese and Dominican amber and those from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation Lagerstatte of northeast Brazil. The aims of this thesis are two-fold: (1) to address the importance of fossil taxa to the higher systematics and phylogeny of living orthopteran groups; and (2) to establish the need for an integrated approach to orthopteran systematics, with studies incorporating both fossil and living taxa and carried out within a phylogenetic context.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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