Plants and the K-T Boundary / Edition 1

Plants and the K-T Boundary / Edition 1

by Douglas J. Nichols, Kirk R. Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521835755

ISBN-13: 9780521835756

Pub. Date: 06/02/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this text, two of the world's leading experts in palynology and paleobotany provide a comprehensive account of the fate of land plants during the 'great extinction' about 65 million years ago. They describe how the time boundary between the Cretaceous and Paleogene Periods (the K–T boundary) is recognised in the geological record, and how fossil plants can be…  See more details below

Overview

In this text, two of the world's leading experts in palynology and paleobotany provide a comprehensive account of the fate of land plants during the 'great extinction' about 65 million years ago. They describe how the time boundary between the Cretaceous and Paleogene Periods (the K–T boundary) is recognised in the geological record, and how fossil plants can be used to understand global events of that time. There are case studies from over 100 localities around the world, including North America, China, Russia and New Zealand. The book concludes with an evaluation of possible causes of the K–T boundary event and its effects on floras of the past and present. This book is written for researchers and students in paleontology, botany, geology and Earth history, and everyone who has been following the course of the extinction debate and the K–T boundary paradigm shift.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521835756
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Background: 1. Introduction; 2. Resolution of the K–T boundary; 3. Using fossil plants to study the K–T boundary; 4. Brief history of K–T boundary paleobotany and palynology; 5. Overview of latest Cretaceous and early Paleocene vegetation; Part II. Regional Case Studies: 6. Williston Basin - the most complete K–T sections known; 7. Other North American records; 8. Eurasia; 9. Remnants of Gondwana; Part III. Interpretations: 10. Assessment of the K–T boundary event; 11. Evaluation of scenarios for the K–T event; 12. Floral effects of the K–T boundary event; References; Index.

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