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

M. K. Greco, P. M. Welz, M. Siegrist, S. J. Ferguson, P. Gallmann, D. W. Roubik, M. S. Engel

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Volume58
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2011

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