The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants

2nd Edition - December 15, 2008

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  • Authors: Edith Taylor, Thomas Taylor, Michael Krings
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557830

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This book provides up-to-date coverage of fossil plants from Precambrian life to flowering plants, including fungi and algae. It begins with a discussion of geologic time, how organisms are preserved in the rock record, and how organisms are studied and interpreted and takes the student through all the relevant uses and interpretations of fossil plants. With new chapters on additional flowering plant families, paleoecology and the structure of ancient plant communities, fossil plants as proxy records for paleoclimate, new methodologies used in phylogenetic reconstruction and the addition of new fossil plant discoveries since 1993, this book provides the most comprehensive account of the geologic history and evolution of microbes, algae, fungi, and plants through time.

Key Features

  • Major revision of a 1993 classic reference
  • Lavishly illustrated with 1,800 images and user friendly for use by paleobotanists, biologists, geologists and other related scientists
  • Includes an expanded glossary with an extensive up-to-date bibliography and a comprehensive index
  • Provides extensive coverage of fungi and other microbes, and major groups of land plants both living and extinct


Plant biologists; paleobotanists; botanists; researchers in palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, palaeontology and systematic biology.

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1252
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: December 15, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557830

About the Authors

Edith Taylor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lawrence, KS USA

Thomas Taylor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA

Michael Krings

Michael Krings is curator for fossil plants at the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) in Munich, Germany, and professor of plant paleobiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He also holds an affiliate faculty position in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. He received his PhD in botany from the University of Münster, Germany, and was an Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kansas. His research interests include Carboniferous, Permian, and Triassic seed plants and the biology and ecology of microorganisms in late Paleozoic terrestrial ecosystems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) , Munich, Germany and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

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  • Ayan m. Thu Sep 05 2019

    The awsome book

    Pictures of reconstructed fossil plants are just the book.