Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants

ISBN-10: 0521126088
ISBN-13: 9780521126083
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

This 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 present understanding of the relationships between the major plant groups, extant and extinct.

Preface
Preface to First Edition
Introduction
Plant fossils: preservation, preparation and age determination
The fossil record: systematics, reconstruction and nomenclature
Life in the Precambian
Diversification of the Fungi
Diversification among the algae and related plants
How the land turned green: speculation
How the land turned green: Bryophyta
How the land turned green: vascular plants, primitive types
The evolution of microphylls and adaxial sporangia
The isoetalean clade
Paleoecology of the Pennsylvanian coal swamps
More diversity in the Devonian: Trimerophytopsida
The origin of the Sphenopsida
Unique and extinct: the Upper Paleozoic sphenophylls
The origin of the horsetails
Putative ferns of the Paleozoic
The emergence of the Marattiales and Ophioglossales
Filicales of the Carboniferous
The emergence of the modern Filicales, Salviniales and Marsileales
Free-sporing plants with gymnospermous secondary wood
Gymnosperm reproduction: early evolution
Paleozoic gymnosperms with fernlike leaves
Cycads: origins and relationships
The enigmatic cycadeoids
More innovation and diversification among gymnosperms
The record of a living fossil: Ginkgo
The first coniferophytes
The diversification of conifers and taxads
The origin and early evolution of angiosperms
Angiosperms: diversification, radiation, and modernisation
Major evolutionary events and trends: in retrospect
Index

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