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On the probability of dinosaur fleas

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, January 2016
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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Title
On the probability of dinosaur fleas
Published in
BMC Evolutionary Biology, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0568-x
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Authors

Katharina Dittmar, Qiyun Zhu, Michael W. Hastriter, Michael F. Whiting

Abstract

Recently, a set of publications described flea fossils from Jurassic and Early Cretaceous geological strata in northeastern China, which were suggested to have parasitized feathered dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and early birds or mammals. In support of these fossils being fleas, a recent publication in BMC Evolutionary Biology described the extended abdomen of a female fossil specimen as due to blood feeding.We here comment on these findings, and conclude that the current interpretation of the evolutionary trajectory and ecology of these putative dinosaur fleas is based on appeal to probability, rather than evidence. Hence, their taxonomic positioning as fleas, or stem fleas, as well as their ecological classification as ectoparasites and blood feeders is not supported by currently available data.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 22 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 6 27%
Student > Master 3 14%
Professor 3 14%
Student > Bachelor 2 9%
Other 2 9%
Other 2 9%
Unknown 4 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 27%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 23%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 14%
Arts and Humanities 1 5%
Physics and Astronomy 1 5%
Other 1 5%
Unknown 5 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 February 2019.
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#3,429,902
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Outputs from BMC Evolutionary Biology
#870
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#70,839
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Evolutionary Biology
#75
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