New paper explores patterns of global insect diversification

A new paper published in Scientific Reports by Condamine et al. (2016) attempts to reconcile an apparent paradox in studies of insect diversification and species richness – while macroevolutionary research has often indicated high amounts of variation in the diversification rates of insects through time, the insect fossil record seems to instead suggest that diversification has occurred at a more steady rate. Taking a phylogenetic approach, this study found that clade-specific innovations rather than broad-scale innovations, such as the development of flight, likely contributed to an increase in species richness in several insect orders. The paper is open access and can be found here.

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