Plants in Mesozoic Time: Morphological Innovations, Phylogeny, Ecosystems

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Carole T. Gee
Indiana University Press, Jul 16, 2010 - Science - 424 pages

Plants in Mesozoic Time showcases the latest research of broad botanical and paleontological interest from the world's experts on Mesozoic plant life. Each chapter covers a special aspect of a particular plant group -- ranging from horsetails to ginkgophytes, from cycads to conifers -- and relates it to key innovations in structure, phylogenetic relationships, the Mesozoic flora, or to animals such as plant-eating dinosaurs. The book's geographic scope ranges from Antarctica and Argentina to the western interior of North America, with studies on the reconstruction of the Late Jurassic vegetation of the Morrison Formation and on fossil angiosperm lianas from Late Cretaceous deposits in Utah and New Mexico. The volume also includes cutting-edge studies on the evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") of Mesozoic forests, the phylogenetic analysis of the still enigmatic bennettitaleans, and the genetic developmental controls of the oldest flowers in the fossil record.

 

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Contents

1 Architectural Innovation and Developmental controls in Some Mesozoic Gymnosperms or Why Do The Leaf Crowns in Mesozoic Forests Look Tu...
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The Equisetumlike Cones of Spaciinodum collinsonii with In Situ Spores and Elaters from the Middle Triassic of Antarctica
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Implications for Understanding Pollination and Mating Systems in Mesozoic Cycadeoids
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Evidence from the Anatomically Preserved Cone Foxeoidea connatum gen et sp nov
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5 A Mosaic of Characters in a New WholePlant Araucaria A delevoryasii Gee sp nov from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming USA
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6 Major Innovations in Angiosperm Evolution
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7 Implications of Fossil Floral Data on Understanding the Early Evolution of Molecular Developmental Controls of Flowers
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9 Review of the Cycads and Bennettitaleans from the Mesozoic of Argentina
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A Preliminary Perspective on This Arguably Enigmatic Group
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11 Endemism of Early Cretaceous Conifers in Western Gondwana
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12 Oldest Known Dicotyledonous Lianas from the Early Late Cretaceous of Utah and New Mexico USA
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Part 3 Ecosystems and Mesozoic Plants
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13 Palynological Evidence for Conifer Dominance within a Heterogeneous Landscape in the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation USA
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14 Mesozoic Plants and Dinosaur Herbivory
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CONTRIBUTORS
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Part 2 Phylogeny of Mesozoic Plants
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8 Late Triassic Ginkgoleans of North America
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Carole T. Gee is Senior Research Scientist in Paleobotany, Division of Paleontology at the Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany.

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