An exceptionally well-preserved Eocene dolichopodid fly eye: Function and evolutionary significance

Gengo Tanaka, Andrew R. Parker, David J. Siveter, Haruyoshi Maeda, Masumi Furutani

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

22 被引用数 (Scopus)

抄録

The exceptionally preserved eyes of an Eocene dolichopodid fly contained in Baltic amber show remarkable detail, including features at micrometre and submicrometre levels. Based on this material, we establish that it is likely that the neural superposition compound eye existed as far back as 45Ma. The ommatidia have an open rhabdom with a trapezoidal arrangement of seven rhabdomeres. Such a structure is uniquely characteristic of the neural superposition compound eye of present-day flies. Optical analysis reveals that the fossil eyes had a sophisticated and efficient optical system.

本文言語英語
ページ(範囲)1015-1019
ページ数5
ジャーナルProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
276
1659
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 3月 22 2009
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!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生化学、遺伝学、分子生物学(全般)
  • 免疫学および微生物学(全般)
  • 環境科学(全般)
  • 農業および生物科学(全般)

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