The oldest ant in the Lower Cretaceous amber of Charente-Maritime (SW France) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Authors

  • André Nel
  • G. Perrault
  • Vincent Perrichot
  • D. Néradeau

Keywords:

Insecta, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, n. gen., n. sp. Lower Cretaceous amber, France.

Abstract

Gerontoformica cretacica n. gen., n. sp., until now the oldest known ant, is described after a putative worker specimen, from the Uppermost Albian amber of France. Although its characters are those of modern ants, it does not fit in any recent ant subfamilies.

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Published

2004-01-11

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