Advances in Quaternary Entomology

Other | August 18, 2009

byScott Elias, Scott Elias

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Advances in Quaternary Entomology addresses the science of fossil insects by demonstrating their immense contribution to our knowledge of the paleoenvironmental and climatological record of the past 2.6 million years. In this comprehensive survey of the field, Scott A. Elias recounts development of scholarship, reviews the fossil insect record from Quaternary deposits throughout the world, and points to rewarding areas for future research. The study of Quaternary entomology is becoming an important tool in understanding past environmental changes. Most insects are quite specific as to habitat requirements, and those in non-island environments have undergone almost no evolutionary change in the Quaternary period. We therefore can use their modern ecological requirements as a basis for interpreting what past environments must have been like.



Features:
* describes and identifies principal characteristics of fossil insect groups of the Quaternary period
* Ties Quaternary insect studies to the larger field of paleoecology
* offers global coverage of the subject with specific regional examples
* illustrates specific methods and procedures for conducting research in Quaternary Entomology
* offers unique insight into overlying trends and broader implications of Quaternary climate change based on insect life of the period

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Advances in Quaternary Entomology addresses the science of fossil insects by demonstrating their immense contribution to our knowledge of the paleoenvironmental and climatological record of the past 2.6 million years. In this comprehensive survey of the field, Scott A. Elias recounts development of scholarship, reviews the fossil insec...

Scott Elias grew up in Colorado, in the Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. He attended the University of Colorado, and got BA degree in Environmental Biology. He continued his academic career at the same university, and received his PhD in Environmental Biology in 1980. His thesis topic concerned paleoecology of Holoce...

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Format:OtherDimensions:304 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0080958494

ISBN - 13:9780080958491

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Table of Contents

Forword
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. The History of Quaternary Insect Studies
Chapter 2. Methods
Chapter 3. Important fossil insect groups and their identification
Chapter 4. The Value of Insects in Paleoecology
Chapter 5. Paleoclimatic Studies Using Insects
Chapter 6. Insect Zoogeography in the Quaternary
Chapter 7. The Use of Insect Fossils in Archeology
Chapter 8. European Studies
Chapter 9. Siberian Studies
Chapter 10. Eastern Beringian Studies
Chapter 11. Other Studies in the New World
Chapter 12. Japanese Studies
Chapter 13. Studies in Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 14. Beetle Chitin Isotope Studies
Chapter 15. Ancient DNA Studies
Chapter 16. Conclusions and Prospectus

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