Fossil angiosperm wood: its role in the reconstruction of biodiversity and palaeoenvironment

Poole, Imogen. 2000 Fossil angiosperm wood: its role in the reconstruction of biodiversity and palaeoenvironment. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 134 (1-2). 361-381. 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2000.tb02358.x

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Fossil wood is subject to different taphonomic, sampling and recognition biases in the palaeobotanical record when compared with leaves and palynomorphs. Wood therefore provides a systematically independent source of information that can increase our knowledge of past biodiversity and environments. Increase in fossil wood records from Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments helps further the understanding of trends in anatomical specialization through geological time. These data can then be used to distinguish such specialization from anatomical response to environmental change. Two case studies, a Late Cretaceous early Tertian’ wood flora from Antarctica and a lower Tertiary w ood flora from southern England, have been used to exemplify the importance of studying the fossil wood component of palaeofloras.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2000.tb02358.x
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 00244074
Date made live: 18 Jan 2013 08:42 +0 (UTC)

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