The Oldest-known Insects


I MUST ask your permission to correct the errors into which your correspondent, Dr. Hagen, has fallen respecting the Erian (Devonian) beds near St. John, New Brunswick, holding certain fossil insects described by Dr. Scudder.

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    "Acadian Geology; Report on Devonian Plants." Canadian Naturalist, 1881.

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DAWSON, J. The Oldest-known Insects. Nature 24, 483–484 (1881).

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