TitlePaleoleishmania proterus n. gen., n. sp., (Trypanosomatidae : Kinetoptastida) from Cretaceous Burmese amber
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsPoinar, GO, Poinar, R
JournalProtist
Volume155
Pagination305-310
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN1434-4610
Abstract

A trypanosomatid (Trypanosomatidae: Kinetoplastida) associated with a blood-filled female sand fly in Cretaceous Burmese amber, is described in the new genus and species, Paleoleishmania proterus. The genus Paleoleishmania is established as a collective genus for digenetic fossil trypanosomes associated with sand flies. Amastigotes, promastigotes and paramastigotes are described. Paleoleishmania proterus is the first fossil kinetoplastid and provides a minimum age for the digenetic Trypanosomatidae. Its discovery indicates that vector-borne pathogens had been established by the Early Cretaceous.

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DOI10.1078/1434461041844259