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The Oldest Fossil Insects

Nature volume 24, pages 356357 | Download Citation



IN a paper on “The Devonian Insects of New Brunswick” (Bull. Mus. Compar. Zoology, 1881, vol. viii. No. 14) I have drawn attention to the fact that a fern on the same slab with Platephemera was determined in 1868 by Prof. Geinitz as Pecopleris plumosa, and therefore the slab considered by him as belonging to the Carboniferous. I believed that here an important gap was still to be filled, namely, the reliable determination of the fern, which is not mentioned in Mr. S. H. Scudder's monograph, nor in Principal Dawson's note on the geological relation of those insects, which closes Mr. Scudder's paper.

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  1. Cambridge, Mass., July 25

    • H. A. HAGEN


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