Among the stories that can be told using the new tree is the origin story of insects. Fossil evidence suggests that the first insects lived about 412 million years ago, during the Early Devonian Period. But the researchers’ phylogenetic data indicates that the largest group of insects, hexapoda, may have evolved even earlier, around 479 million years ago, during the Early Ordovician Period.
“All of the key players were already around before the end of the Jurassic Period. When we picture Tyrannosaurus rex roaming the Earth, we can say there were dragonflies around, and probably grasshoppers and crickets and butterflies,” Ware said. Bl21
And the insects that were buzzing and hopping alongside the dinosaurs weren’t prehistoric-looking creatures that modern bug lovers wouldn’t be able to recognize. The phylogenetic data suggest that these insects were actually very similar to the ones still roaming the planet today, according to Kjer.
Yes and … all responses are expected to fall into a designated void, right?
As one commenter elsewhere notes, “So Darwinian evolution created the bugs over a 250 million year period and then took 150 million years off? … I’m not buying it!”
Naw. But believe or lose your job, right?
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