Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants / Edition 2

Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants / Edition 2

by Wilson N. Stewart, Gar W. Rothwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521126088

ISBN-13: 9780521126083

Pub. Date: 01/14/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This new edition of a successful textbook describes and explains clearly the origin and evolution of plants as revealed by the fossil record and summarises paleobotanical information relevant to our present understanding of the relationships between the major plant groups extant and extinct.  See more details below

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This new edition of a successful textbook describes and explains clearly the origin and evolution of plants as revealed by the fossil record and summarises paleobotanical information relevant to our present understanding of the relationships between the major plant groups extant and extinct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521126083
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/14/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to first edition
1Introduction1
2Plant fossils: preservation, preparation, and age determination7
3The fossil record: systematics, reconstruction, and nomenclature24
4Life in the Precambrian32
5Diversification of the fungi46
6Diversification among the algae and related plants55
7How the land turned green: speculation68
8How the land turned green: Bryophyta77
9How the land turned green: vascular plants, primitive types85
10The evolution of microphylls and adaxial sporangia106
11The isoetalean clade125
12Paleoecology of the Pennsylvanian coal swamps162
13More diversity in the Devonian: the Trimerophytopsida171
14The origin of the Sphenopsida180
15Unique and extinct: the Upper Paleozoic sphenophylls190
16The origin of the horsetails198
17Putative ferns of the Paleozoic212
18The emergence of the Marattiales and Ophioglossales226
19Filicales of the Carboniferous238
20The emergence of the modern Filicales, Salviniales, and Marsileales250
21Free-sporing plants with gymnospermous secondary wood263
22Gymnosperm reproduction: early evolution279
23Paleozoic gymnosperms with fernlike leaves295
24Cycads: origins and relationships338
25The enigmatic cycadeoids350
26More innovation and diversification among gymnosperms366
27The record of a living fossil: Ginkgo385
28The first coniferophytes393
29The diversification of conifers and taxads413
30The origin and early evolution of angiosperms438
31Angiosperms: diversification, radiation, and modernization468
32Major evolutionary events and trends - in retrospect505
Index513

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