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

Life in the Precambrian
32
speculation
68
10
76
sporangia
106
swamps
162
the Trimerophytopsida
171
sphenophylls
190
17
212
secondary wood
263
evolution
279
leaves
295
among gymnosperms
366
The first coniferophytes
393
The origin and early evolution
438
diversification radiation
468
Major evolutionary events and trends
505

Ophioglossales
226
Salviniales and Marsileales
250

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Page 435 - Tetraxylopteris schmidtii gen. et sp. nov., a Probable Pteridosperm Precursor from the Devonian of New York.

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