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Published: 2022-06-29

The oldest crown representative of the family Aulacidae (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea) from the Paleocene of Menat (France)

Géosciences Rennes, UMR 6118, F-35000, Rennes, France; Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB) Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, Université des Antilles, CP50, 57 rue Cuvier 75005, Paris, France; CNRS, UMR 5554 Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution de Montpellier, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095, Montpellier, France
Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB) Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, EPHE, Université des Antilles, CP50, 57 rue Cuvier 75005, Paris, France
Hymenoptera Evanioidea France new species dating paleoenvironment

Abstract

Pristaulacus jarzembowskii sp. nov., oldest fossil of the crown group Aulacidae, is described from the Paleocene of Menat (France). The previously oldest fossil crown-aulacid was known from the Lowermost Eocene amber of Oise (France). The inferences of parasitoidism on Cerambycidae or Buprestidae together with the preferences of warm evergreen forest with wildfires are in accordance with the known data on the Menat paleobiota.

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