Protorthoptera Insect Fossils
Insect Fossils

Protorthoptera Fossil Insects

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Insect Fossils


ProtorthopteraThe Protorthoptera are an extinct order of insects known only from the Paleozoic. They are often considered a catch-all taxon and paraphyletic assemblage of basal Neoptera, an infraclass that contains nearly all the winged insects, i.e., winged insects that can flex their wings over their abdomens. They appear during the Middle Carboniferous (late Serpukhovian or early Bashkirian), making them among the earliest known winged insects in the fossil record. Pronotal lobes may be expanded to form a shield. The group includes the ancestors of all other polyneopta, a supercohort in Neoptera. The order went extinct during the great Permian (PT) extinction.

Protorthopteran Insect Fossils