Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 20, 215–238, 2017
Foss. Rec., 20, 215–238, 2017

Review article 09 Aug 2017

Review article | 09 Aug 2017

The fossil history of pseudoscorpions (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones)

Danilo Harms and Jason A. Dunlop

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We review the fossil history of pseudoscorpions (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones), one of the oldest terrestrial lineages with a fossil record that goes back to the Devonian. Pseudoscorpions do not fossilise easily, and records from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic consist almost exclusively of amber inclusions. Overall, 16 of the 26 recent families have been documented from fossils. This is a group of evolutionary stasis and we discuss aspects of palaeobiology, preservation, and ecology.