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1 January 2012 An Unusual Palaeobiocoenosis of Subfossil Spiders in Colombian Copal
David Penney, David I. Green, Simon B. Titchener
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Inclusions in amber and copal provide us with a unique insight into terrestrial palaeocommunities because they represent a palaeobiocoenosis: a naturally co-occurring group of organisms that perished at they same point in time and in the same place. We report the first (sub)fossilized example of a spider population, preserved in Colombian copal, which has been dated back as far as 1736 /- 35 years. The specimen contains 26 spiders belonging to the Euryopis/Emertonella genus complex (Theridiidae). Such subfossils in copal provide exciting new research opportunities in molecular palaeobiology for investigating changes in genetic variation within a group at the threshold of ecological and evolutionary timescales.

David Penney, David I. Green, and Simon B. Titchener "An Unusual Palaeobiocoenosis of Subfossil Spiders in Colombian Copal," Arachnology 15(7), 241-244, (1 January 2012). https://doi.org/10.13156/arac.2012.15.7.241
Published: 1 January 2012
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