Transformative Paleobotany - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128130124

Transformative Paleobotany

1st Edition

Papers to Commemorate the Life and Legacy of Thomas N. Taylor

Editors: Michael Krings Carla Harper Nestor Cuneo Gar Rothwell
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128130124
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2018
Page Count: 590
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Transformative Paleobotany: Papers to Commemorate the Life and Legacy of Thomas N. Taylor features wide-ranging coverage that includes the broadest possible spectrum of topics analyzing the structure, function and evolution of fossil plants, microorganisms, and organismal interrelatedness in fossil ecosystems (e.g., plant paleobiography, paleoecology, early evolution of land plants, fossil fungi and microbial interactions with plants, systematics and phylogeny of major plant and fungal lineages, biostratigraphy, evolution of organismal interactions, ultrastructure, Antarctic paleobotany). The book includes the latest research from top scientists who have made transformative contributions.

Sections are richly illustrated, well concepted, and characterize and summarize the most up-to-date understanding of this respective and important field of study.

Key Features

  • Features electronic supplements, such as photographs, diagrams, tables, flowcharts and links to other websites
  • Includes in-depth illustrations with diagrams, flowcharts and photographic plates (many in color for enhanced utility), tables and graphs


Multidisciplinary and comprised of researchers, practitioners, professionals, and advanced students in the areas of paleobotany, botany, mycology, paleomycology, ecology, evolutionary biology, phytogeography, geology, Antarctic science, and several related areas, and for seminars or an advanced topics course

Table of Contents

Section I: Early land plants: Innovations and adaptations
1. The evolutionary origin of the plant spore in relation to the anithetic origin of the plant sporophyte
2. The changing function of plant cuticles during the Paleozoic
3. Elucidating the relationships of the earliest euphyllophytes: Insights from the Early and Middle Devonian
4. Early trees
5. Diversity of early embryophytes in the UK
6. What does the Devonian tell us about plant homologies?

Section II: Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic plants and floras
7. Stratigraphic ranges of major plant taxa in the latest Pennsylvanian and early Permian of north-central Texas
8. Permian ginkgophytes of Angaraland
9. Glossopterid plant remains in perminerization: what do they tell us?
10. Palaeoecology of a latest Permian glossopterid mire: The Homevale permineralized peat of northeastern Australia
11. A Triassic mystery solved: Fertile Pekinopteris from North Carolina, USA
12. Enigmatic fern-like plants from the Triassic of central Europe

Section III: Paleobiogeography, biology, and phylogenetic relationships of plants
13. Integrative studies on the fossil record of cryptogramic plants using phylogenetic frameworks
14. Contemporary perspectives on the pollen biology of fossil plants
15. Paleobiogeographic distribution, evolution, and phylogenetic pattern of marattialean ferns through time
16. Permineralized floras of China
17. Bryophyte taphonomy
18. Early Cretaceous flowers and the early history of monocots
19. Winged fruits and seeds and their significance in assessing fossil flora

Section IV: Fossil microorganisms
20. Endosymbiotic microbes and their roles in the evolution of plants and animals
21. How similar are ancient arbuscular fungal associations and associated spores to their modern equivalents?
22. Increasing the resolution in the Early Devonian Rhynie chert: A microfungal parasite of enigmatic spores in microbial mats
23. Fossil fungi preserved in ginkgophyte wood from the Permian of China
24. Morphological convergence in forest microfungi provides a proxy for Paleogene forest structure
25. The paleoecologic significance of plant-microbial interactions: new insights from geochemistry and paleobotany
26. On Ediacarans, protolichens, and lichen-derived Penicillium: A critical reassessment of the evolution of lichenization in fungi

Section V: Antarctic paleobotany
27. Past polar forests as refugia for relict plant groups
28. Paleophysiology of Antarctic plants
29. Secondary growth, branching, and biomechanics of Vertebraria roots
30. Endochaetophora, a paleomycological mystery revisited
31. Antarctic-Patagonian Plant Diversity during the Cretaceous-Tertiary


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About the Editor

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

Carla Harper

Carla J. Harper is an Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) and Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany. She also holds a research associate position at the Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas. She received her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include the biology and ecology of microorganisms and biotas in Permian–Jurassic ecosystems of Antarctica and late Paleozoic of Europe, symbiotic systems through time, as well as the biology, geochemistry, and evolution of fossil microbes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) and Ludwig- Maximilians-Universitat Munich, Germany

Nestor Cuneo

N. Ruben Cuneo is a Prinicipal Researcher at the National Research Council of Argentina, and Director of the Museo Paleontológico E. Feruglio in Trelew. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Buenos Aires. His research interests include fossil floras from Patagonia and Antarctica ranging from the Permian through the Eocene in aspects related

with their systematics, paleoecology, bio-chronostratigraphy and paleoclimatology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Prinicipal Researcher, National Research Council of Argentina and Director, Museo Paleontologico E. Feruglio, Trelew

Gar Rothwell

Gar Rothwell is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, Emeritus, Ohio University, and Courtesy Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University. He is past-president of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany, author of the paleobotany textbook, Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants (Stewart and Rothwell, 1993), and editor of six previous volumes of studies in plant paleontology. His research focuses on the role of development in evolution, and on the patterns of organismal evolution and phylogeny among land plants, particularly lycophytes, equisetophytes, ferns, and seed plants.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University and Courtesy Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, USA

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