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New Insect Order Speaks to Life's Diversity

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Science  19 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5567, pp. 445-447
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5567.445

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A graduate student sifting through collections in natural history museums has made the discovery of a lifetime: a new insect order. The work, reported in a paper published online by Science this week (, has spurred systematists and entomologists to comb their collections and search in the wild for additional members of this newly recognized group. Some living candidates have already turned up.