REPLY TO “COMMENT ON MARDEN (2013) REGARDING THE INTERPRETATION OF THE EARLIEST TRACE FOSSIL OF A WINGED INSECT”
Article first published online: 22 APR 2013
© 2013 The Author(s). Evolution © 2013 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 67, Issue 7, pages 2150–2153, July 2013
How to Cite
Marden, J. H. (2013), REPLY TO “COMMENT ON MARDEN (2013) REGARDING THE INTERPRETATION OF THE EARLIEST TRACE FOSSIL OF A WINGED INSECT”. Evolution, 67: 2150–2153. doi: 10.1111/evo.12093
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 22 APR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 21 FEB 2013 08:07PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 24 JAN 2013
- evolution of insect flight;
- surface skimming
Benner, Knecht, and Engel have replied to my critique of their interpretation of a Carboniferous trace fossil produced by an insect at the edge of water. Here I respond by pointing out that their reiterated scenario still requires mutually exclusive paths of motion and I show that their assertions of methodological shortcomings are tangential and lack merit. Overall, this discussion provides an opportunity to examine in greater detail competing hypothesis about behaviors and taxonomic identity of the trace maker, and relevance thereof to competing theories regarding early events in the evolution of pterygote insects.