Advances in Quaternary Entomology


  • Scott Elias, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, UK Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, UK

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.
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Primary Audience:Researchers and professionals in quaternary geology, glaciology and quaternary entomology, Secondary Audience:Researchers in paleontology, ecology, environmental archaeology.


Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53424-8

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 PaleoecologyChapter 5. Paleoclimatic Studies Using InsectsChapter 6. Insect Zoogeography in the QuaternaryChapter 7. The Use of Insect Fossils in ArcheologyChapter 8. European Studies Chapter 9. Siberian StudiesChapter 10. Eastern Beringian StudiesChapter 11. Other Studies in the New WorldChapter 12. Japanese StudiesChapter 13. Studies in Australia and New Zealand Chapter 14. Beetle Chitin Isotope Studies Chapter 15. Ancient DNA StudiesChapter 16. Conclusions and ProspectusBibliography GlossaryIndex