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Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521126083

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  • Originally published in 1993, this second 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 understanding of the relationships between the major plant groups, extant and extinct. As in the first edition, the text is profusely illustrated with line illustrations and half-tones. For those students with little knowledge of plant structure and morphology there is a brief resumé of those features of extant plants that will be needed to gain a better understanding of the fossil record. Summarising charts are also used to help students visualise the interpretative material.

    • Reprint of the second edition of a highly successful textbook
    • The text is profusely illustrated with line illustrations and half-tones
    • Contains a brief guide to the features of extant plants which the student needs to understand in order to gain a fuller picture of the fossil record
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'This textbook is well written and well researched. In all, it is a pleasure to own.' Nature

    Review of the hardback: 'I recommend it as an excellent text and as a valuable reference work for those in related fields.' American Scientist

    Review of the hardback: 'I have seldom read a textbook with such enthusiasm and I shall recommend it to students and staff alike.' The Scientist

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521126083
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to First Edition
    1. Introduction
    2. Plant fossils: preservation, preparation and age determination
    3. The fossil record: systematics, reconstruction and nomenclature
    4. Life in the Precambian
    5. Diversification of the Fungi
    6. Diversification among the algae and related plants
    7. How the land turned green: speculation
    8. How the land turned green: Bryophyta
    9. How the land turned green: vascular plants, primitive types
    10. The evolution of microphylls and adaxial sporangia
    11. The isoetalean clade
    12. Paleoecology of the Pennsylvanian coal swamps
    13. More diversity in the Devonian: Trimerophytopsida
    14. The origin of the Sphenopsida
    15. Unique and extinct: the Upper Paleozoic sphenophylls
    16. The origin of the horsetails
    17. Putative ferns of the Paleozoic
    18. The emergence of the Marattiales and Ophioglossales
    19. Filicales of the Carboniferous
    20. The emergence of the modern Filicales, Salviniales and Marsileales
    21. Free-sporing plants with gymnospermous secondary wood
    22. Gymnosperm reproduction: early evolution
    23. Paleozoic gymnosperms with fernlike leaves
    24. Cycads: origins and relationships
    25. The enigmatic cycadeoids
    26. More innovation and diversification among gymnosperms
    27. The record of a living fossil: Ginkgo
    28. The first coniferophytes
    29. The diversification of conifers and taxads
    30. The origin and early evolution of angiosperms
    31. Angiosperms: diversification, radiation, and modernisation
    32. Major evolutionary events and trends: in retrospect

  • Authors

    Wilson N. Stewart, University of Alberta

    Gar W. Rothwell, Ohio University

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