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Temporal range: Permian–Upper Jurassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Glosselytrodea
Martynov, 1938


Glosselytrodea is an extinct order of insects, containing about thirty species. Its fossil record dates from the Permian to the Upper Jurassic, and is distributed across Eurasia, the Americas, and Australia.[1][2] Its classification is uncertain, but may be closely related to Neuropterida or Orthoptera.[3]

An ongoing argument about whether this species falls under the Neuropterida or Orthopetra classification has been going on for decades, but scientists refer to its classification through specifies such as wing structure and genetic organization. The Glosselytrodea order resonates to the Neuropterida species through the constructional shape of its wings whilst it is related to the Orthptera species through the organization of its veins. [4]


  1. ^ Penney, David; Jepson, James E. (2014). Fossil Insects: An Introduction to Palaeoentomology. Siri Scientific Press. ISBN 978-0-9574530-6-7.
  2. ^ Huang, Di-ying (2007). "The first Glosselytrodea (Insecta) from the latest Middle Permian of Anhui Province, China". Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France. Société entomologique de France. 112 (2): 179–182.
  3. ^ Grimaldi, David; Engel, Michael S. (2005). Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-26877-7.
  4. ^ Bethoux, Olivier (Fall 2001). "The First Glosselytrodea (Insecta) From The Upper Permian Of France (Lodi Ve Basin)". Canadian Journal of Zoology.