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A new interpretation of the oldest fossil bee (Hymenoptera, Apidae). American Museum novitates ; no. 3296

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dc.contributor.author Engel, Michael S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:14:04Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:14:04Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2087
dc.description 11 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 9-11). en_US
dc.description.abstract "The oldest fossil bee, 'Trigona' prisca (Apidae: Meliponini), in Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) amber from New Jersey, is redescribed and figured. Differences between T. prisca and extant Trigona are noted and the fossil is transferred into a new genus, Cretotrigona. An exploratory cladistic analysis of the Meliponini is undertaken and Cretotrigona supported as sister to the African genus Dactylurina. Affinities between Cretotrigona and recent genera are discussed as are implications of the presence of this derived stingless bee group at the end of the Mesozoic"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3296 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3296, 2000 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Trigona prisca. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cretotrigona prisca. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bees, Fossil -- New Jersey -- Kinkora (Burlington County) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects, Fossil -- New Jersey -- Kinkora (Burlington County) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amber fossils -- New Jersey -- Kinkora (Burlington County) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Cretaceous -- New Jersey -- Kinkora (Burlington County) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- New Jersey -- Kinkora (Burlington County) en_US
dc.title A new interpretation of the oldest fossil bee (Hymenoptera, Apidae). American Museum novitates ; no. 3296 en_US
dc.title.alternative Oldest fossil bee en_US
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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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