Stomatopoda: Fossil Record

Angelo alta, a fossil stomatopod. Image used with permission from Dr. Cees Hof.
The Palaeostomatopoda and Archaeostomatopoda are two fossil groups that are suggested to be early failed experiments in raptorial feeding. These fossil groups are present in the Carboniferous and Paleozoic respectively, and are similar to modern stomatopods whose own fossils extend forward from the Mesozoic and Cenozoic.