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Introduction to Plant Fossils

Introduction to Plant Fossils

2nd Edition

  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108705028

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  • Plant remains can preserve a critical part of history of life on Earth. While telling the fascinating evolutionary story of plants and vegetation across the last 500 million years, this book also crucially offers non-specialists a practical guide to studying, dealing with and interpreting plant fossils. It shows how various techniques can be used to reveal the secrets of plant fossils and how to identify common types, such as compressions and impressions. Incorporating the concepts of evolutionary floras, this second edition includes revised data on all main plant groups, the latest approaches to naming plant fossils using fossil-taxa and techniques such as tomography. With extensive illustrations of plant fossils and living plants, the book encourages readers to think of fossils as once-living organisms. It is written for students on introductory or intermediate courses in palaeobotany, palaeontology, plant evolutionary biology and plant science, and for amateurs interested in studying plant fossils.

    • Extensively revised, this second edition brings data on all plant groups, naming approaches using fossil-taxa and information on techniques such as tomography thoroughly up to date with current knowledge in the field
    • Provides key information on the practicalities of working with and interpreting plant fossils alongside the evolutionary history of plants and vegetation, combining approaches for the undergraduate and non-specialist
    • Explains modern research techniques to identify commonly-found plant fossils and reveal details of anatomical and reproductive characteristics, highlighting how such methods are employed by palaeobotanists
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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108705028
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 190 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 202 b/w illus. 17 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Highlights of palaeobotanical study
    3. Studying plant fossils
    4. Early land plants
    5. Lycophytes
    6. Sphenophytes
    7. Ferns
    8. Early gymnosperms
    9. Modern gymnosperms
    10. Angiosperms
    11. The history of land vegetation.

  • Authors

    Christopher J. Cleal, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
    Christopher J. Cleal is Head of Botany at National Museum Wales. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, London, and the Linnean Society, London, and is a member of the Fossil Plant Committee of the International Association of Plant Taxonomy (IAPT). He has published nine books and over 200 papers in academic journals, dealing with palaeobotany, stratigraphy and geoconservation.

    Barry A. Thomas, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
    Barry A. Thomas is an Honorary Professor and a Lifelong Learning Lecturer at Aberystwyth University and is a Research Fellow at the National Museum of Wales. He is a Trustee of the British Institute for Geological Conservation, a member of the Advisory Group to the National Library and is Past President of the British Pteridological Society. Previously, he was Head of Life Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, at Goldsmiths College, University London, and Keeper of Botany at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

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