Letters: Insect fossils

 作者:龙羚     |      日期:2019-03-03 07:20:01
By PAUL WHALLEY As a palaeoentomologist I agree with Neil Brindley (Letters, 13 March) that to call dinosaurs ‘the most successful animals’ is indeed an insult to insects. However, the statement that ‘the fossil history of insects is almost absent’ is incorrect. Since I wrote an article about fossil insects in New Scientist (‘The Derbyshire darning needle’, 15 June 1978) there has been a steady stream of discoveries all over the world. Specimens of fossil insects discovered since then can be measured not just in thousands but in tens of thousands. The evolution of the insects during the extinction of the dinosaurs is just one area or research which does not yet show any evidence of extraterrestrial intervention to support current theories. It seems that the insects went through the K/T boundary with scarcely a nod at falling meteorites. Paul Whalley Llangeinwen,