Report on a Russian Treatise about Jurassic Insects of Siberia and Mongolia
Crowson, Roy A.
In the rather neglected field of palaeoentomology, the USSR can fairly claim to hold a leading position. Modern Russian study of fossil insects began with the work of A. V. Martynov in the 1920s; its continued existence and expansion is attested by the present work. A notable and I think praiseworthy feature of the Russian school is the development of specialists in particular orders, rather than of generalists of the Meunier-Handlirsch-Tillyard-Martynov type. It is notable that, of the 9 authors contributing to this work, only 2, V. N. Vishnyakova and A. G. Ponomarenko, contributed to the "Osnovi Paleontologii "volume dealing with insects in 1962 - clearly a new generation is taking the field. It is unfortunate that the study of fossil insects in the USSR is carried on with rather little contact with the rest of the world, its results being published almost entirely in Russian and in soviet journals. Palaeoentomologists (and phylogenetically inclined students of modern insects) of the rest of the world should have much to learn, and perhaps a little to teach, in contacts with their Russian colleagues.