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Evolution of Lower Brachyceran Flies (Diptera) and Their Adaptive Radiation with Angiosperms
Zhang, QQ (张青青); Wang, B (王博)
Source PublicationFrontiers in Plant Science

The Diptera (true flies) is one of the most species-abundant orders of Insecta, and it is also among the most important flower-visiting insects. Dipteran fossils are abundant in the Mesozoic, especially in the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. Here, we review the fossil record and early evolution of some Mesozoic lower brachyceran flies together with new records in Burmese amber, including Tabanidae, Nemestrinidae, Bombyliidae, Eremochaetidae, and Zhangsolvidae. The fossil records reveal that some flower-visiting groups had diversified during the mid-Cretaceous, consistent with the rise of angiosperms to widespread floristic dominance. These brachyceran groups played an important role in the origin of co-evolutionary relationships with basal angiosperms. Moreover, the rise of angiosperms not only improved the diversity of flower-visiting flies, but also advanced the turnover and evolution of other specialized flies.

KeywordBrachyceran Flies Angiosperm Mid-cretaceous Pollinator Co-evolution
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WOS Research AreaPlant Sciences
WOS SubjectPlant Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000399901800001
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Document Type期刊论文
Corresponding AuthorWang, B (王博)
Corresponding Author Affilication中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
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Zhang, QQ ,Wang, B . Evolution of Lower Brachyceran Flies (Diptera) and Their Adaptive Radiation with Angiosperms[J]. Frontiers in Plant Science,2017,8:631(6页).
APA Zhang, QQ ,&Wang, B .(2017).Evolution of Lower Brachyceran Flies (Diptera) and Their Adaptive Radiation with Angiosperms.Frontiers in Plant Science,8,631(6页).
MLA Zhang, QQ ,et al."Evolution of Lower Brachyceran Flies (Diptera) and Their Adaptive Radiation with Angiosperms".Frontiers in Plant Science 8(2017):631(6页).
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