Catalogues and monographs are built on the foundational research of those who have gone before. It is fitting here to acknowledge the accomplishments and accumulated scientific knowledge of the many previous workers, both living and past, who have produced the thousands of publications upon which this work is based. The success of their efforts to understand and document the earth’s Neuropterida fauna is what eventually requires the development of global syntheses, such as this work, in order to facilitate ready access to accumulated knowledge and to provide a scaffold and contextual framework for the support and guidance of future research.
During work on this publication it has been my great pleasure to communicate with and learn from almost all neuropteran systematists active since the early 1980’s. I am indebted to each for their freely given contributions of literature, facts and advice, which have all contributed in some way to the development of this work. The following colleagues have been particularly helpful and supportive over the years as reliable sources of information and advice on neuropterid topics great and small: Horst Aspöck, Ulrike Aspöck, Stephen Brooks, Oliver Flint, Herbert Hölzel, Vladimir Makarkin, Mervyn Mansell, Victor Monserrat, Timothy New, Michael Ohl, Norman Penny, Lionel Stange, and György Sziráki. Vladimir Makarkin has provided especially invaluable assistance in matters concerning fossil neuropterids and Russian literature.
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