The Importance of Fossils in Understanding the Evolution of Parasites and Their Vectors

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): de Baets K, Littlewood DTJ
Journal: Advances in Parasitology
Publisher: Academic Press Inc Ltd
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 90
Pages range: 1-51
ISSN: 0065-308X


Abstract


Knowledge concerning the diversity of parasitism and its reach across our current understanding of the tree of life has benefitted considerably from novel molecular phylogenetic methods. However, the timing of events and the resolution of the nature of the intimate relationships between parasites and their hosts in deep time remain problematic. Despite its vagaries, the fossil record provides the only direct evidence of parasites and parasitism in the fossil record of extant and extinct lineages. Here, we demonstrate the potential of the fossil record and other lines of geological evidence to calibrate the origin and evolution of parasitism by combining different kinds of dating evidence with novel molecular clock methodologies. Other novel methods promise to provide additional evidence for the presence or the life habit of pathogens and their vectors, including the discovery and analysis of ancient DNA and other biomolecules, as well as computed tomographic methods.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

de Baets, Kenneth Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


External institutions
Natural History Museum London


How to cite

APA:
de Baets, K., & Littlewood, D.T.J. (2015). The Importance of Fossils in Understanding the Evolution of Parasites and Their Vectors. Advances in Parasitology, 90, 1-51. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.apar.2015.07.001

MLA:
de Baets, Kenneth, and D. Timothy J. Littlewood. "The Importance of Fossils in Understanding the Evolution of Parasites and Their Vectors." Advances in Parasitology 90 (2015): 1-51.

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