James E. Jepson

James E. Jepson
The University of Manchester · Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ph.D., F.R.E.S.

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Introduction
Research focused on the evolution, taxonomy, systematics, and biodiversity of fossil and extant insects, particularly Neuropterida (Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera) and whole fossil insect faunas, such as the Lower Cretaceous Purbeck and Wealden.
Additional affiliations
April 2020 - present
The University of Manchester
Position
  • Researcher
January 2020 - present
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity
Position
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Renewed Research Stay Grant
October 2016 - December 2019
University College Cork
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2005 - June 2010
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Palaeoentomology
September 2002 - June 2005
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Geology

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Publications (40)
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There are 32 individual specimens of Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) currently recorded from the fossil record, the oldest of which dates back to the Lower Jurassic. These include 19 described species (in 16 genera), 1 specimen described to genus level and 9 unnamed specimens The specimens have been assigned to the extant subfamilies Drepanicinae...
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: Three new genera and four new species of the extinct mantidfly subfamily Mesomantispinae (Insecta: Neuroptera: Mantispidae) are described from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of Liaoning and the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of Inner Mongolia: Archaeodrepanicus nuddsi gen. et sp. nov., A. acutus gen. et sp. nov., Sinomesomantispa mi...
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Eight new genera and thirteen new species of lacewings (Neuroptera) are described from the Lower Cretaceous Wealden Supergroup, Weald Sub-basin: Principiala rudgwickensis sp. nov. (Ithonidae), Stenomylina medialis gen. et sp. nov., Protosmylina bifasciata gen. et sp. nov. (Osmylidae), Cretapsychops corami gen. et sp. nov., Micropsychops parallelus...
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Background: The latest advancements in DNA sequencing technologies have facilitated the resolution of the phylogeny of insects, yet parts of the tree of Holometabola remain unresolved. The phylogeny of Neuropterida has been extensively studied, but no strong consensus exists concerning the phylogenetic relationships within the order Neuroptera. He...
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Following publication of the original article [1], the authors discovered that some pie charts had been misplaced in the tree of Fig. 2a, and in the trees of supplementary figures S16, S22, S24 (Additional file 3) due to incorrect visualization of the output of ASTRAL [2]. These quartet support values are, however, correctly provided in supplementa...
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One new genus of Inocelliidae (Raphidioptera) with one new species and one undetermined specimen is described from the Eocene of North America: Paraksenocellia borealisnew genus, new species from the early Eocene (Ypresian) Okanagan Highlands shale at Driftwood Canyon, British Columbia, Canada (a forewing), and Paraksenocellia species from the midd...
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In a recent paper (Jepson et al., 2018) a new genus of Mesomantispinae from Karatau, Kazakhstan was described. The name given to the genus, Longicollum, is unavailable, because it is preoccupied by a senior homonym, Longicollum Yamaguti, 1935 (Acanthocephala: Pomphorhynchidae). In accordance with Art. 60.1. of the ICZN, we herein propose a replacem...
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Two new genera and species, and one indeterminate genera and species of fossil Mantispidae, Mesomantispinae are described from the Upper Jurassic of Karatau, Kazakhstan: Longicollum benmaddoxi gen. et sp. nov., Ovalofemora abbottae gen. et sp. nov., and Mesomantispinae sp. et gen. indet. Karataumantispa monstruosa is removed from the genus Karataum...
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Two new genera and species of Megaloptera are described from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil. Cratocorydalopsis brasiliensis gen. et sp. nov. and Lithocorydalus fuscata gen. et sp. nov. are both placed within the family Corydalidae. The specimens represent the first Cretaceous examples of adult megalopteran body fossils not preserved...
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Palaeoentomology represents the interface between two huge scientific disciplines: palaeontology – the study of fossils, and entomology – the study of insects. However, fossils rarely feature extensively in books on insects, and likewise, insects rarely feature in books about fossils. Similarly, college or university palaeontology courses rarely ha...
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X-ray computed tomography is used to identify a unique example of fossilized phoresy in 16 million-year-old Miocene Dominican amber involving a springtail being transported by a mayfly. It represents the first evidence (fossil or extant) of phoresy in adult Ephemeroptera and only the second record in Collembola (the first is also preserved in amber...
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A new species of fossil lace bug, Phatnoma mattijoae sp. nov., is described from a single specimen in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic. It represents the first fossil record of the genus, extending its known range by approximately 16 million years. The new fossil appears to be most closely related to the extant P. ovatum Champion, 1897, fr...
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  Several new taxa of snakeflies (Raphidioptera) are described from the Lower Cretaceous deposits of the Wealden, UK (Barremian), Montsec, Spain (Barremian) and the Crato Formation, Brazil (Aptian). Mesoraphidia ednae sp. nov. and M. hilli sp. nov. are described from the Wealden; Nanoraphidia lithographica sp. nov. and Iberoraphidia dividua gen. et...
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A new species of brown lacewing (Insecta: Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) is described from Eocene Baltic amber. Sympherobius siriae sp. nov. is the second fossil species of the genus so far described. The other, Sympherobius completus Makarkin et Wedmann is also from Baltic amber. The fossil record of Hemerobiidae is reviewed.
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Four new species of snakefly (Raphidioptera: Mesoraphidiidae): Mesoraphidia durlstonensis sp. nov., Mesoraphidia purbeckensis sp. nov., Mesoraphidia websteri sp. nov. and Mesoraphidia mitchelli sp. nov., are described from the Lower Cretaceous Purbeck Limestone Group, southern England. This increases the number of described snakeflies from the Meso...
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Two new species of snakefly (Insecta: Raphidioptera, Mesoraphidiidae) are described from the Weald Clay of the Wealden Supergroup, southern England and the Lithographic Limestone of Montsec, Spain. Proraphidia hopkinsi sp. nov. is the first species of snakefly to be described from the Wealden and P. gomezi sp. nov. is the first snakefly to be forma...
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The Wealden Group of southern England is a succession of non-marine sediments from the lower Cretaceous (c. 141–119 Ma), which also outcrop in Belgium and northwest Germany. Most insect orders are present as fossils, including Neuroptera, one of the most basal holometabolous orders. The fossil record of Neuroptera is diverse, spanning Permian–Recen...

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Projects (4)
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To study the evolution of insect wing colour patterns using eigenimage analysis
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To document a new collection of Carboniferous fossils from Westhoughton, UK
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To describe and document the fossil Neuropterida of the UK