Reply To "Comment On Marden (2013) Regarding The Interpretation Of The Earliest Trace Fossil Of A Winged Insect"

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Abstract

Benner, Knecht, and Engel have replied to my critique of their interpretation of a Carboniferous trace fossil produced by an insect at the edge of water. Here I respond by pointing out that their reiterated scenario still requires mutually exclusive paths of motion and I show that their assertions of methodological shortcomings are tangential and lack merit. Overall, this discussion provides an opportunity to examine in greater detail competing hypothesis about behaviors and taxonomic identity of the trace maker, and relevance thereof to competing theories regarding early events in the evolution of pterygote insects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2150-2153
Number of pages4
JournalEvolution
Volume67
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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