The Biology and Evolution of Fossil PlantsBy
- Edith Taylor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
- Thomas Taylor, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA
- Michael Krings, Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie, Germany
Plant biologists; paleobotanists; botanists; researchers in palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, palaeontology and systematic biology.
Hardbound, 1252 Pages
Published: December 2008
Imprint: Academic Press
"A splendid gift for anyone interested in the evolution of terrestrial life. By opening the door to a diversity of ideas, the authors turned what could have been a gaping void into an agenda for many a lab meeting or conference session. Taylor, Taylor, and Krings provide the most accurate, useful, and well-illustrated comprehensive account of fossil plants now in print. Their new edition has caught up with recent discoveries and the progress of thoughts about plant evolution. It points the way toward the most promising avenues for future research."
-SCIENCEA colossal revision with 2139, mostly color figures, this dynamite book by TNT & al. reflects the explosive growth and immense influence of paleobotany in recent decades.
- Preface; Introduction to paleobotany, how plant fossils form; Precambrian life - fungi, bacteria, and lichens; Fungi; Algae; Bryophytes; The move to the land- introduction to vascular plant morphology and anatomy; Organography; Early land plants with conducting tissue; Lycophyta; Sphenophytes; Ferns and early fernlike plants; Progymnosperms; Paleozoic seed ferns; Mesozoic seed ferns; Paleozoic and mesozoic foliage; Cycadophytes; Ginkgophytes; Gymnosperms with obscure affinities; Cordaites; Conifers; Flowering plants; Interactions between plants and animals; Appendix 1 - classification of organisms; glossary; bibliography; index