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Cretaceous fossil wood and palynomorphs from Williams Point, Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Chapman, J.L.; Smellie, J.L.. 1992 Cretaceous fossil wood and palynomorphs from Williams Point, Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 74 (3-4). 163-192. https://doi.org/10.1016/0034-6667(92)90006-3

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Abstract/Summary

Terrestrial palynofloras from two localities on Williams Point, Livingston, Island, contain angiosperm monocolpates and tricolpates and can be dated as Cenomanian-early Campanian. This fixes the age for a collection of 15 silicified wood fragments described as 6 palaeotaxa; three are gymnosperm woods (Coniferwood-spacedpits, Coniferwood-clusteredpits, Coniferwood-lowrays) and three angiosperm woods (Dicotwood-heterorays, Dicotwood-multiserirays, Dicotwood-dumpirays). The palynofloras and wood specimens indicate a species rich, mixed conifer and dicotyledonous angiosperm forest possibly with a complex standard tree and understorey structure. This forest was growing at a palaeolatitude of about 59°S during the Late Cretaceous. The use of palaeotaxa rather than the ICBN system for fossil material is discussed and a brief description of the classification system proposed by Hughes (1989) is given in an Appendix.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/0034-6667(92)90006-3
ISSN: 00346667
NORA Subject Terms: Botany
Date made live: 16 Nov 2017 10:57 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/518368

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