, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 588–592

Jumping cockroaches (Blattaria, Skokidae fam. n.) from the Late Jurassic of Karatau in Kazakhstan

  • Peter Vršanský

DOI: 10.2478/s11756-007-0116-2

Cite this article as:
Vršanský, P. Biologia (2007) 62: 588. doi:10.2478/s11756-007-0116-2


The jumping cockroach Skok svaba gen. et sp. n., characteristic of modern reproduction, is described from the Upper Jurassic Karabastau Formation in Kazakhstan, and attributed to a new family Skokidae. The finding demonstrates the immense plasticity of stem cockroaches from which eusocial termites and predatory mantises evolved.

Key words

fossil insects new family phylogeny Blattaria (=Blattodea) Kimmeridgian 

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© Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Vršanský
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Geological InstituteSlovak Academy of SciencesBratislava 45Slovakia
  2. 2.Arthropoda Laboratory, Paleontological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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