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Description of an ancient social bee trapped in amber using diagnostic radioentomology


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Greco, M. K., Welz, P. M., Siegrist, M., Ferguson, S. J., Gallmann, P., Roubik, D. W. and Engel, M. S., 2011. Description of an ancient social bee trapped in amber using diagnostic radioentomology. Insectes Sociaux, 58 (4), pp. 487-494.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/S00040-011-0168-8

    Abstract

    The application of non-invasive imaging technologies using X-radiation (diagnostic radioentomology, ‘DR’) is demonstrated for the study of amber-entombed social bees. Here, we examine the external and internal morphology of an Early Miocene (Burdigalian) stingless bee (Apinae: Meliponini) from the Dominican Republic using non-destructive X-ray microtomography analysis. The study permits the accurate reconstruction of features otherwise obscured or impossible to visualize without destroying the sample and allows diagnosis of the specimen as a new species, Proplebeia adbita Greco and Engel.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsGreco, M. K., Welz, P. M., Siegrist, M., Ferguson, S. J., Gallmann, P., Roubik, D. W. and Engel, M. S.
    DOI10.1007/S00040-011-0168-8
    DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Electronic & Electrical Engineering
    Faculty of Science > Biology & Biochemistry
    Publisher StatementGreco_et_al_DR_Proplebeia_24Mar11.pdf: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code24078

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