Transformative Paleobotany

Transformative Paleobotany

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

1st Edition - July 14, 2018

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  • Editors: Michael Krings, Carla Harper, Nestor Cuneo, Gar Rothwell
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128130124
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130131

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Transformative Paleobotany: Papers to Commemorate the Life and Legacy of Thomas N. Taylor features the broadest possible spectrum of topics analyzing the structure, function and evolution of fossil plants, microorganisms, and organismal interactions 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.

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  • 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

    1. The evolutionary origin of the plant spore in relation to the antithetic origin of the plant sporophyte
    Paul K. Strother, Wilson A. Taylor
    2. Early Devonian woody plants and implications for the early evolution of vascular cambia
    Patricia G. Gensel
    3. Using architecture modeling of the Devonian tree Pseudosporochnus to compute its biomass
    Anaëlle Dambreville, Brigitte Meyer-Berthaud, Jean-François Barczi, Anne-Laure Decombeix, Sébastien Griffon, Hervé Rey
    4. The advantages and frustrations of a plant Lagerstätte as illustrated by a new taxon from the Lower Devonian of the Welsh Borderland, UK
    Jennifer L. Morris, Dianne Edwards, John B. Richardson
    5. Early Tracheophyte Phylogeny: A Preliminary Assessment of Homologies
    William L. Crepet, Karl J. Niklas

    6. Lower Permian flora of the Sanzenbacher Ranch, Clay County, Texas
    William A. DiMichele, Robert W. Hook, Hans Kerp, Carol L. Hotton, Cindy V. Looy, Dan S. Chaney
    7. Permian ginkgophytes of Angaraland
    Serge V. Naugolnykh
    8. Glossopterid plant remains in permineralization: What do they tell us?
    Harufumi Nishida, Kathleen B. Pigg, Melanie L. DeVore
    9. Pachytestopsis tayloriorum gen. et sp. nov., an anatomically preserved glossopterid seed from the Lopingian of Queensland, Australia
    Stephen McLoughlin, Benjamin Bomfleur, Andrew N. Drinnan
    10. A Triassic Mystery Solved: Fertile Pekinopteris from the Triassic of North Carolina, U.S.A.
    Brian Axsmith, Judith Skog, Christian Pott
    11. Enigmatic, structurally preserved stems from the Triassic of central Europe: A fern or not a fern?
    Jean Galtier, Carla J. Harper, Ronny Rößler, Evelyn Kustatscher, Michael Krings

    12. A comprehensive assessment of the fossil record of liverworts in amber
    Jochen Heinrichs, Kathrin Feldberg, Julia Bechteler, Ledis Regalado, Matthew A.M. Renner, Alfons Schäfer-Verwimp, Carsten Gröhn, Patrick Müller, Harald Schneider, Michael Krings
    13. Aerodynamics of Fossil Pollen: Implications for Understanding Pollination Biology in Extinct Plants
    Lisa Grega, Adam Novotny, Christopher Stabile, Mackenzie L. Taylor, Charles P. Daghlian, Jeffrey M. Osborn
    14. Escapia gen. nov.: Morphological evolution, paleogeographic diversification, and the environmental distribution of marattialean ferns through time
    Gar W. Rothwell, M. A. Millay, Ruth A. Stockey 
    15. Heterosporous ferns from Patagonia: The case of Azolla
    Facundo De Benedetti, María del C. Zamaloa, María A. Gandolfo, Néstor R. Cúneo
    16. Why are bryophytes so rare in the fossil record?  A spotlight on taphonomy and fossil preservation
    Alexandru M.F. Tomescu, Benjamin Bomfleur, Alexander C. Bippus, Adolfina Savoretti
    17. Fossil seeds with affinities to Austrobaileyales and Nymphaeales from the Early Cretaceous (early to middle Albian) of Virginia and Maryland, U.S.A: new evidence for extensive extinction near the base of the angiosperm tree.
    Else Marie Friis, Peter R. Crane, Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen

    18. Reactive Oxygen Defense Against Cellular Endoparasites and the Origin of Eukaryotes
    James F. White, Jr., Kathryn Kingsley, Carla J. Harper, Satish K. Verma, Lara Brindisi, Qiang Chen, Xiaoqian Chang, April Micci, Marshall Bergen
    19. Fossils of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi give insights into the history of a successful partnership with plants
    Mark C. Brundrett, Christopher Walker, Carla J. Harper, Michael Krings
    20. Looking for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the fossil record – an illustrated guide
    Christopher Walker, Carla J. Harper, Mark C. Brundrett, Michael Krings
    21. Exceptional preservation of sessile, long-stalked microorganisms in the Lower Devonian Windyfield chert (Scotland)
    Michael Krings, Carla J. Harper, Hans Kerp, Edith L. Taylor
    22. Morphological convergence in forest microfungi provides a proxy for Paleogene forest structure
    Jouko Rikkinen, Alexander R. Schmidt
    23. Ediacarans, protolichens, and lichen-derived Penicillium: A critical reassessment of the evolution of lichenization in fungi
    Robert Lücking, Matthew P. Nelsen

    24. Polar Regions of the Mesozoic–Paleogene greenhouse world as refugia for relict plant groups
    Benjamin Bomfleur, Patrick Blomenkemper, Hans Kerp, Stephen McLoughlin
    25. Leaf venation density and calculated physiological characteristics of fossil leaves from the Permian of Gondwana
    Andrew B. Schwendemann 
    26. Functional significance of cambial development in Vertebraria roots: How do unusual xylem traits serve life at a high latitude?
    Anne-Laure Decombeix, Nicholas. P. Rowe
    27. Cretaceous to Paleogene vegetation transition in Antarctica
    David J Cantrill

Product details

  • No. of pages: 732
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: July 14, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128130124
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130131

About the Editors

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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