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Soszynska-Maj A.,University of Lodz | Krzeminski W.,Polish Academy of Sciences | Kopec K.,Polish Academy of Sciences | Coram R.A.,6 Battlemead
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology | Year: 2016

The family Eomeropidae is a peculiar relict family of Mecoptera with a single extant species and, until now, eight known fossil species ranging in age from Middle Jurassic to Palaeogene. The oldest representative of the family, Jurachorista bashkuevi gen. et sp. nov., was collected from a coastal outcrop in Dorset, southern England, and is described herein. It extends the fossil record of Eomeropidae back to the Sinemurian (Early Jurassic; c. 196 Ma) and sheds new light on the phylogenetic relationships and past distribution of the family. Analysis of the wing venation of all known Eomeropidae indicates that Notiothauma reedi, the only living representative, is characterized by the most polymerized wings, while the oldest species, the newly described Jurachorista bashkuevi, has the most reduced venation within the family. Phylogenetic analysis based on wing venation produces a tree with two clades, illustrating the different taxonomic lines within the family. http://zoobank.org/urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:9CFA9133-6B64-4BF1-954C-C6A52D17F125 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London 2016. All Rights Reserved. Source

Jepson J.E.,University of Manchester | Makarkin V.N.,Russian Academy of Sciences | Coram R.A.,6 Battlemead
Cretaceous Research | Year: 2012

Eight new genera and 12 new species are described from the Lower Cretaceous Purbeck Limestone Group, southern England. Sophogramma wimbledoni sp. nov. (Kalligrammatidae) is described from the Purbeck of Wiltshire. Pterinoblattina peverilensis sp. nov., Pterinoblattina fasciata sp. nov., Purbepsychopsis parallela gen. et sp. nov. (Psychopsidae), Ovalorobius edmondsi gen. et sp. nov. (Prohemerobiidae), Mesosmylidus vulgaris gen. et sp. nov., Osmylochrysa anomala gen. et sp. nov., Osmylochrysa fragilis gen. et sp. nov., Stenochrysa gradata gen. et sp. nov. (Osmylidae), Mesypochrysa minuta sp. nov. (Chrysopidae), Purbemerobius medialis gen. et sp. nov. (?Hemerobiidae), Epimesoberotha parva gen. et sp. nov. (Berothidae) and Pseudocorydasialis alleni (Neuroptera familia incertae sedis) are described from Durlston Bay, Dorset. The species Pterinoblattina penna Scudder, Pterinoblattina pluma (Giebel) (Psychopsidae) Sialium sipylus (Nymphidae) and Osmylopsis duplicata (Osmylidae) are re-examined, described and figured. The genus Valdipsychops Jepson etal. has been synonymized with Pterinoblattina. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Skibinska K.,Polish Academy of Sciences | Krzeminski W.,Pedagogical University of Cracow | Coram R.A.,6 Battlemead
Zootaxa | Year: 2014

Nannotanyderus oliviae sp. nov. from the Lower Jurassic (Sinemurian) of England, the oldest representative of family Tanyderidae, is described and illustrated. Copyright © 2014 Magnolia Press. Source

Radley J.D.,University of Birmingham | Coram R.A.,6 Battlemead
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association | Year: 2015

Quartzite clasts preserving a Skolithos burrow ichnofabric are described from the Early Triassic fluvial Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beds at Budleigh Salterton, East Devon, south-west England. Representing typical Skolithos pipe rock, the clasts are provenanced with a high degree of confidence to the Ordovician of the Armorican Massif, north-west France. The tubiform biogenic structure Trachyderma serrata Salter, earlier described and documented from quartzite clasts at Budleigh Salterton and in the English Midlands, represents an atypical preservational mode of the ichnogenus Skolithos. © 2014 The Geologists' Association. Source

Coram R.A.,6 Battlemead | Radley J.D.,University of Birmingham
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association | Year: 2013

The Middle Triassic (Anisian) Otter Sandstone Formation of Devon is well known as a source of vertebrate skeletal remains, particularly of reptiles. Here we report the first definite vertebrate trace fossil, a well-preserved chirothere footprint of uncertain taxonomic identity. Chirothere prints are mostly attributed to rauisuchian archosaurs, probable fragmentary remains of which have previously been recovered from the Otter Sandstone Formation. © 2012 The Geologists' Association. Source

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