This book is devoted to the ichnology of insects, and associated trace fossils, in soils and paleosols. The traces described here, mostly nests and pupation chambers, include one of the most complex architectures produced by animals. Chapters explore the walls, shapes and fillings of trace fossils followed by their classifications and ichnotaxonomy. Detailed descriptions and interpretations for different groups of insects like bees, ants, termites, dung beetles and wasps are also provided.
Chapters also highlight the the paleoenvironmental significance of insect trace fossils in paleosols for paleontological reconstructions, sedimentological interpretation, and ichnofabrics analysis. Readers will discover how insect trace fossils act as physical evidence for reconstructing the evolution of behavior, phylogenies, past geographical distributions, and to know how insects achieved some of the more complex architectures. The book will appeal to researchers and graduate students in ichnology, sedimentology, paleopedology, and entomology and readers interested in insect architecture.
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Table of Contents
Introduction.- Chapter 2 The wall: where everything begins.- Chapter 3 Other characters: shape, fillings and further micromorphological characters.- Chapter 4 Classifications. The utopia of classifying the unclassifiable.- Chapter 5 The keys I. Celliformidae and Coprinisphaeridae.-
Chapter 6 The keys II. Krausichnidae and Pallichnidae.- Chapter 7 Dung beetle masonry.- Chapter 8 Trace fossils of dung beetles.- Chapter 9 Basic architecture of soil nesting wasps and bees.-
Chapter 10 Wasp and bee trace fossils.- Chapter 11 Blueprints of termite and ant nests.- Chapter 12 The trace fossil record of eusociality in ants and termites.- Chapter 13 Other insect trace fossils in paleosols: cicadas,
chafers, weevils and sphinx moths.- Chapter 14 Traces from nest invaders.-
Chapter 15 Soil neighbors I: traces of other organisms in paleosols.
Crustaceans and earthworms.- Chapter 16 Soil neighbors II: traces of other organisms in paleosols. Vertebrates and roots.- Chapter 17 Insect trace fossils in other substrates than paleosols I. Plant remains.- Chapter 18 Insect trace fossils in other substrates than paleosols II. Bones, caddisfly cases,
trackways, imprints and aerial nests.- Chapter 19 Trace fossils as the physical evidence of evolution of insect behavior.- Chapter 20 (The most remarkable insect) ichnofabrics in paleosols.- Chapter 21 Paleosol ichnofacies.- Chapter 22 Paleoenvironmental analysis and ichnoentomological synthesis.
What People are Saying About This
“For any relatively new discipline, there necessarily comes a time for the consolidation and reappraisal of the state of our knowledge; for continental trace fossils, and especially those of insects, this is that time, and Genise’s remarkable book, Ichnoentomology: Insect Traces in Soil and Paleosols, is the vehicle. Generously illustrated, the numerous superb photographs and schematic diagrams of fossil and modern insect traces set this book apart and effectively portray a wealth of newly illustrated forms that will help to establish Genise’s Ichnoentomology as an indispensable, nonpareil resource on continental traces and trace fossils for student and professional ichnologists, entomologists, general geologists and paleontologists, pedologists and paleopedologists, and fluvial sedimentologists for decades to come.” (Thomas M. Bown, Colorado State University)
“This book represents one of the few efforts in establishing a framework for ichnoentomology and I view it as an excellent contribution to what is a growing field of inquiry. The main chapters cover a range of topics. Introductory materials include: burrow walls and linings; shape, fillings and other morphological characters; and taxonomy (which the author refers to as “the utopia of classifying the unclassifiable”). These materials are ably executed and nicely illustrated with a mixture of hand-drawn sketches, photographic plates and schematics drawn using software.This is a rare and comprehensive integration of ichnology and entomology. I really enjoyed perusing the tome and I have to say I am learning much from it. If one were a field-based entomologist or an ichnologist, I would consider this book to be a critical addition to your shelf.” (Murray K. Gingras, University of Alberta)
“This remarkable book by Jorge Genise is the result of a persistent and coordinated convergence of research efforts during a long and prolific work on continental trace fossils, accomplished by the author and his group of students for more than 25 years. I strongly recommend the book, which will constitute an invaluable resource for ichnologists, paleobiologists, sedimentologists, and stratigraphers interested in paleosols and continental paleoenvironments, ichnofabric and ichnofacies analysis, insect trace fossils, and the evolutionary history of insect behavior.” (Eduardo B. Olivero, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas, Ushuaia, Argentina)
“With his book Ichnoentomology, Genise clearly has laid the foundation for a cathedral of coming ichnoentomologists. The reviewer is hoping that his one and only expectation from the publication of his book will come true, not only exceptionally, but very often, namely that some students ﬁnd a copy of Ichnoentomology on a library shelf and will decide to “pick up the gauntlet.” It certainly is worth it!“ (Lothar H. Vallon, Paläozoologie)