Fossils of Old Insects Contain Important Lessons

Fossils of Old Insects Contain Important Lessons

British Columbia along with northern Washington State has reported ancient fossils of died out insect family. It is being warned by a biologist that the same contains valuable lessons, may it be regarding evolution or climate change.

Simon Fraser University's Bruce Archibald told that found fossils of scorpionflies were found close to Cache Creek, B. C. as well as Republic, Wash. However, researchers had gone there with an aim to carry out fieldwork.

It has been told that the insects called eorpidae fed on the remnants of other beetles. The trend was followed almost 50 million years back. The name to the insects has been given after the age of history, wherein they used to reside.

However, the family of insects might have gone extinct due to competition from climate change faced at the time or that from other species.

It is being said that over 18 million hectares of lodgepole pine have been devastated by the pine beetle in B. C. Also, they had changed swaths of once-green forests into an orange-red, thereby converting these to black.

"By looking at fossil insects and their diversity and their biogeography and all, we can try and understand broader principles about how communities work in relation to climate", said Archibald.

 

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