Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 26, 1993 - Medical - 521 pages
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Originally published in 1993, this second edition of a successful textbook describes and explains in a refreshingly clear way the origin and evolution of plants as revealed by the fossil record and summarises paleobotanical information relevant to our understanding of the relationships between the major plant groups, extant and extinct. As in the first edition, the text is profusely illustrated with line illustrations and half-tones. For those students with little knowledge of plant structure and morphology there is a brief resumé of those features of extant plants that will be needed to gain a better understanding of the fossil record. Summarising charts are also used to help students visualise the interpretative material.
  

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Contents

preservation preparation
7
systematics reconstruction
24
Life in the Precambrian
32
Diversification of the fungi
46
Diversification among the algae and related
55
speculation
68
Bryophyta
77
vascular plants
85
Ophioglossales
226
Filicales of the Carboniferous
238
Freesporing plants with gymnospermous
263
Paleozoic gymnospcrms with fernlike
295
origins and relationships
338
The enigmatic cycadeoids
350
More innovation and diversification
366
Ginkgo
385

The evolution of microphylls and adaxial
106
The isoetalean clade
125
Paleoecology of the Pennsylvanian coal
162
The origin of the Sphenopsida
180
the Upper Paleozoic
190
The origin of the horsetails
198
The first coniferophytes
393
The diversification of conifers and taxads
413
The origin and early evolution
438
diversification radiation
468
Major evolutionary events and trends
505
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