Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants / Edition 2

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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.
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Review of the hardback: 'This textbook is well written and well researched. In all, it is a pleasure to own.' Nature

Review of the hardback: 'I recommend it as an excellent text and as a valuable reference work for those in related fields.' American Scientist

Review of the hardback: 'I have seldom read a textbook with such enthusiasm and I shall recommend it to students and staff alike.' The Scientist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521382946
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to first edition
1 Introduction 1
2 Plant fossils: preservation, preparation, and age determination 7
3 The fossil record: systematics, reconstruction, and nomenclature 24
4 Life in the Precambrian 32
5 Diversification of the fungi 46
6 Diversification among the algae and related plants 55
7 How the land turned green: speculation 68
8 How the land turned green: Bryophyta 77
9 How the land turned green: vascular plants, primitive types 85
10 The evolution of microphylls and adaxial sporangia 106
11 The isoetalean clade 125
12 Paleoecology of the Pennsylvanian coal swamps 162
13 More diversity in the Devonian: the Trimerophytopsida 171
14 The origin of the Sphenopsida 180
15 Unique and extinct: the Upper Paleozoic sphenophylls 190
16 The origin of the horsetails 198
17 Putative ferns of the Paleozoic 212
18 The emergence of the Marattiales and Ophioglossales 226
19 Filicales of the Carboniferous 238
20 The emergence of the modern Filicales, Salviniales, and Marsileales 250
21 Free-sporing plants with gymnospermous secondary wood 263
22 Gymnosperm reproduction: early evolution 279
23 Paleozoic gymnosperms with fernlike leaves 295
24 Cycads: origins and relationships 338
25 The enigmatic cycadeoids 350
26 More innovation and diversification among gymnosperms 366
27 The record of a living fossil: Ginkgo 385
28 The first coniferophytes 393
29 The diversification of conifers and taxads 413
30 The origin and early evolution of angiosperms 438
31 Angiosperms: diversification, radiation, and modernization 468
32 Major evolutionary events and trends - in retrospect 505
Index 513
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