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Fossil Record and Evolution

Jerry A. Powell and Paul A. Opler

in Moths of Western North America

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251977
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251977.003.0004
Fossil Record and Evolution

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This chapter discusses the relationships among lepidopteran evolutionary lineages based on changes in their morphological adaptation. It begins by discussing fossil records of Lepidoptera, followed by the morphological adaptations of ancient and subsequent lineages. The chapter then illustrates a theoretical scenario for the origins of angiosperm-feeding in basal lepidopteran lineages that led to radiations of Lepidoptera. It also describes the evolutionary origin of the present-day flora of western North America.

Keywords: evolutionary lineages; morphological adaptation; fossil records; Lepidoptera; angiosperm-feeding; western North America

Chapter.  2061 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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