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Published: 2023-10-30
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First leafhopper from the earliest Eocene Fur Formation (Denmark) representing a new genus of Cicadellinae (Hemiptera: Cicadomorpha)

Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, 1816 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820, USA
Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, B. Khmelnitskogo 15, Kiev, 010030, Ukraine; Natural History Museum of Denmark, Universitetsparken 15, Copenhagen 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark
Homoptera Cicadellidae


The Fur Formation, located in the western Limfjord region of northern Jutland, Denmark, is famous for its numerous and often exceptionally well-preserved marine and terrestrial fossils (e.g., Bonde et al., 2008). The geological background of the Konservat-Lagerstätte was described by Pedersen & Surlyk (1983). The formation preserves a rich record of earliest Ypresian (Eocene, ca. 55 Ma) fossil insects (e.g., Madsen & Rasmussen, 2021). The fauna includes many hemipterans mostly representing Heteroptera and Sternorrhyncha but the diverse modern family Cicadellidae (leafhoppers) is represented by a single specimen among the >20,000 available insect fossils discovered so far.


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