Daran Zheng

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Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. None are known previously for fossil (primitive winged insects). Fossil traces of such behaviours are better known among the vertebrates, such as the antlers of the Pleistocene giant deer Megaloceros giganteus. Here we describe spectacular extremely expanded, pod-like tibiae in males of a platycnemidid damselfly from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Such structures in modern damselflies, help to fend off other suitors as well as attract mating females, increasing the chances of successful mating.feedback
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Mar 20 2017 Burma
Daran Zheng has most recently been quoted in an article called Coitus interruptus: frisky insect trapped in 100-million-year-old amber. Daran Zheng said, “Courtship behaviours, frequent among modern insects, have left extremely rare fossil traces. None are known previously for fossil (primitive winged insects). Fossil traces of such behaviours are better known among the vertebrates, such as the antlers of the Pleistocene giant deer Megaloceros giganteus. Here we describe spectacular extremely expanded, pod-like tibiae in males of a platycnemidid damselfly from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Such structures in modern damselflies, help to fend off other suitors as well as attract mating females, increasing the chances of successful mating.”.
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