The Carboniferous insects of the Commentry Basin, France, have not been adequately described. This is the first of a series of papers in which the insect fauna is redescribed; the descriptions are based on examination of the collection in the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. Part I deals with three families: (1) the Protagriidae, here removed from the Protodonata and placed in the order Palaeodic-tyoptera; (2) the Meganeuridae, regarded as typical Protodonata; and (3) the Campylopteridae, tentatively assigned to the order Megasecoptera. The wing and body structure of the members of these families is described and discussed in detail.

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