New family tree proposed for all holometabolous insects

How are flies, beetles, butterflies and bees related to each other? A recent study points to a new family tree for all holometabolous insects. "People have had their opinions based on limited evidence," says first author Brian Weigmann. "Now, a large amount of evidence has finally come to light." To read more, visit

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Wiegmann, B. M., M D. Trautwein, J. Kim, M. Bertone, S. L. Winterton, B. K. Cassel, and D. K. Yeates. 2009. Nuclear genes resolve phylogeny of the holometabolous insect orders. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7:34.
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