The first Mesozoic microwhip scorpion (Palpigradi): A new genus and species in mid-cretaceous amber from Myanmar

Michael S. Engel, Laura C.V. Breitkreuz, Chenyang Cai, Mabel Alvarado, Dany Azar, Diying Huang

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Abstract

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016. A fossil palpigrade is described and figured from mid-Cretaceous (Cenomanian) amber from northern Myanmar. Electrokoenenia yaksha Engel and Huang, gen. n. et sp. n., is the first Mesozoic fossil of its order and the only one known as an inclusion in amber, the only other fossil being a series of individuals encased in Pliocene onyx marble and 94-97 million years younger than E. yaksha. The genus is distinguished from other members of the order but is remarkably consistent in observable morphological details when compared to extant relatives, likely reflecting a consistent microhabitat and biological preferences over the last 100 million years.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalScience of Nature
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StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

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