Pollen and Spores: Patterns of Diversification

Pollen and Spores: Patterns of Diversification

by JR Rudol Barnes, Blackmore
     
 

Pollen and spores are ubiquitous, and preserve exceptionally well. This, and their enormous structural diversity, offers exceptional opportunities for integrating findings from studies of both recent and fossil material, and for developing new insights into the pathways and processes of diversification. This volume brings together both international authorities and

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Pollen and spores are ubiquitous, and preserve exceptionally well. This, and their enormous structural diversity, offers exceptional opportunities for integrating findings from studies of both recent and fossil material, and for developing new insights into the pathways and processes of diversification. This volume brings together both international authorities and younger researchers who have developed novel approaches from such diverse fields as paleobotany, ontogeny, molecular biology, and systematics. Three main issues are discussed: the evidence provided by the fossil record, the contribution of ontogenetic data, and the methods of systematic analysis. Of special interest are the sections detailing the most recent findings regarding fossil angiosperms and ontogeny in primitive angiosperms. The information provided will be of great interest and relevance to such disparate disciplines as vegetational history, geology, plant taxonomy and plant evolution.

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"The editors make a realistic appeal for palynologists to go beyond mere static descriptive work by striving to interpret and analyze their data as part of broader systematic studies, and this aim is met. This study may serve as a model for quantifying data and more carefully justifying discontinuity of pollen character states in systematic studies. . . . this book would be worthy of selective reading to many, particularly those interested in development, land plant phylogeny, and application of new palynological techniques." —Science

"The volume is characterized primarily by its diversity and wide range of topics." —American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Newsletter

"Each themem is covered equally with many informative micrographs, tables, charts, and other graphics. . . . demonstrates the critical importance of palynogical techniques in increasing our understanding of developmental and systematic biology." —Cynthia M. Morton, Brittonia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198577461
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1991
Series:
Systematics Association Special Volume Series , #44
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.11(d)

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