Cockroaches in amber
Project ID:VEGA 2/0012/14
Principal investigator:Peter Vršanský
Investigators from institution:Peter Barna
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Cockroaches are among the most significant groups of terrestrial fossil record and their study in this agency terminated in two succesfull projects (one selected excellent project of the agency, references both in Nature and Science). Project is summarising and studying more than 1000 amber cockroaches with at least 300 samples from the extremely rare Mesozoic ambers (from time of dinosaurs). Unique study contributes to the knowledge of the amber source ecosystems (paleoecology), detailed phylogenetical analysis (evolution), functional morphology and anatomy of Mesozoic animals including the sensorial systems, having no equivalent. The modest methods including synchrotron and newly developed are to be used.