Plants in Mesozoic Time

Plants in Mesozoic Time

Morphological Innovations, Phylogeny, Ecosystems
Edited by Carole T. Gee
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Format: Hardback 16 color illus., 84 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-35456-3
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Plants in Mesozoic Time showcases the latest research of broad botanical and paleontological interest from the world’s experts on Mesozoic plant life. Each chapter covers a special aspect of a particular plant group—ranging from horsetails to ginkgophytes, from cycads to conifers—and relates it to key innovations in structure, phylogenetic relationships, the Mesozoic flora, or to animals such as plant-eating dinosaurs. The book’s geographic scope ranges from Antarctica and Argentina to the western interior of North America, with studies on the reconstruction of the Late Jurassic vegetation of the Morrison Formation and on fossil angiosperm lianas from Late Cretaceous deposits in Utah and New Mexico. The volume also includes cutting-edge studies on the evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") of Mesozoic forests, the phylogenetic analysis of the still enigmatic bennettitaleans, and the genetic developmental controls of the oldest flowers in the fossil record.

Author Bio

Carole T. Gee is Senior Research Scientist in Paleobotany, Division of Paleontology at the Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany.


“From the world’s experts on Mesozoic plant life, this book covers special aspects of particular plant groups—ranging from horsetails to ginkgophytes—and relates them to key innovations in structure, phylogenetic relationships, Mesozoic vegetation, or to animals such as dinosaurs.”

“It has been some time since there was a volume dedicated to Mesozoic plants. . . . This book will have merit as a reference for years to come.”
 — Kirk R. Johnson, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

“The assortment of writings will interest a broad array of investigators. . . . Recommended.”
 — Choice

“The 14 chapters in this edited volume provide a broad and a fascinating view of the flora of the Mesozoic . . . The range of topics in this book means that there should be something for anyone with an interest in paleobotany. . . Vol. 86”
 — Quarterly Review of Biology

“[This] volume is immaculately edited, outstandingly readable and beautifully illustrated. ”
 — American Paleontologist

“[T]he book will indoubtedly be invaluable to graduate students, faculty, and researchers in the fields of biology, botany, and paleontology. 2011”
 — American Reference Books Annual

“This book will be a valuable reference for anyone interested in the biology, paleontology, and paleobotany of the Mesozoic flora and fauna including earth and life scientists and academics, plaeontologists, geologists, and environmental scientists. This very detailed book clearly represents a lifetime of study by the author and is a valuable contribution to the literature. ”
 — Plant Science Bulletin

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Table of Contents

Preface, Dedication, and Acknowledgments / Carole T. Gee
The Career of Ted Delevoryas: Appreciation and Publications / Thomas N. Taylor, Edith L. Taylor, and Charles P. Daghlian

Part 1. Innovations in Mesozoic Plants
1. Architectural Innovation and Developmental Controls in Some Mesozoic Gymnosperms, or, Why Do The Leaf Crowns in Mesozoic Forests Look Tufted? / Ian Sussex, Nancy Kerk, and Carole T. Gee
2. Modern Traits in Early Mesozoic Sphenophytes: The Equisetum-like Cones of Spaciinodum collinsonii with In Situ Spores and Elaters from the Middle Triassic of Antarctica / Andrew B. Schwendemann, Thomas N. Taylor, Edith L. Taylor, Michael Krings, and Jeffrey M. Osborn
3. Pollen and Coprolite Structure in Cycadeoidea (Bennettitales): Implications for Understanding Pollination and Mating Systems in Mesozoic Cycadeoids / Jeffrey M. Osborn and Mackenzie L. Taylor
4. Independent Evolution of Seed Enclosure in the Bennettitales: Evidence from the Anatomically Preserved Cone Foxeoidea connatum gen. et sp. nov. / Gar W. Rothwell and Ruth A. Stockey
5. A Mosaic of Characters in a New Whole-Plant Araucaria, A. delevoryasii Gee sp. nov., from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming, U.S.A. / Carole T. Gee and William D. Tidwell
6. Major Innovations in Angiosperm Evolution / David L. Dilcher
7. Implications of Fossil Floral Data on Understanding the Early Evolution of Molecular Developmental Controls of Flowers / David Winship Taylor

Part 2. Phylogeny of Mesozoic Plants
8. Late Triassic Ginkgoleans of North America / Sidney R. Ash
9. Review of the Cycads and Bennettitaleans from the Mesozoic of Argentina / N. Rubén Cúneo, Ignacio Escapa, Liliana Villar de Seoane, Analía Artabe, and Silvia Gnaedinger
10. The Bennettitales (Cycadeoidales): A Preliminary Perspective on This Arguably Enigmatic Group / William L. Crepet and Dennis W. Stevenson
11. Endemism of Early Cretaceous Conifers in Western Gondwana / Sergio

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