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Uh I know this is weird but this one page is consistently crashing Firefox 3.011 (on Windows XP) at my office. I haven't tried at home yet.
I moved this page back to Hexapoda; hardly anybody uses hexapod for insects, and Hexapoda more consistent with other arthropod subphyla. Also, far and away more linksd were to "Hexapoda" than "Hexapod"
An earlier version of this page followed every group name with the Latin equivalent, ranked and bolded. This is unnecessary, since the same information is presented in the taxobox, and more importantly breaks (chops) the sentence up with extremely eye-catching (noticeable) yet tangential information, making it next to impossible (extremely difficult) to read. In short, it ensures that less information is conveyed, rather than more. Please don't. Also, the whole repeating ranks thing is an extremely bad idea since it takes an article about a group and turns it into an article about one particular classification scheme. This is simplifying nearly to the point of falsehood. -- Josh
Paraphyly of hexapoda
The hexapod group has been shown to be paraphyletic, with springtails having evolved independently of hexapods. The reference for this conclusion is as folllows:
Francesco Nardi, Giacomo Spinsanti, Jeffrey L. Boore, Antonio Carapelli, Romano Dallai & Francesco Frati (2003). Hexapod origins: monophyletic or paraphyletic?. Science 299: 1887–1889.
- This article needs updating. Pancrustacea is more up-to-date. As of August 2012, it seems not to be definitely settled but:
- Traditional Crustacea is almost certainly paraphyletic with respect to hexapod groups (i.e. hexapods evolved from within crustaceans).
- Traditional Hexapoda is probably not monomonophyletic (i.e. different groups of hexapods probably evolved separately from within crustaceans).
- Lots of references. A search in Google Scholar for "reciprocal paraphyly" is useful, since this term is often used to describe the Crustacea/Hexapoda relationship. Peter coxhead (talk) 08:54, 16 August 2012 (UTC)
"The abdomen consists of eleven segments in all true insects (often reduced in number in many insect species)" What does this even mean? Also, it isn't sourced. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:54, 22 February 2014 (UTC)