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Beetle tree of life reveals the evolutionary history of Earth's most diverse group of animals

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New research reconstructs the beetle family tree and shows how this important group of insects diversified and otherwise flourished over the last nearly 300 million years.

"The success of beetles appears to result from low extinction rates, protected wings that permit access to habitats like leaf litter, wood, and soil, and ancient interactions with plants, fungi, and microorganisms," said Dr. Duane McKenna, lead author of the Systematic Entomology study.

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