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The Enigma of Angiosperm Origins


Series: Cambridge Paleobiology Series Volume: 1

By: NF Hughes

300 pages, 51 b/w photos, 80 illus

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 1994 | #35424 | ISBN: 0521411459
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The origins of angiosperms are still debated, despite many years of work. The author suggests that the only fruitful method of study is the total integrated use of the fossil record, particularly dispersed palynomorphs.

'This is a superb book, written by a man who was both ahead of his time and probably greatly misunderstood. It is challenging and thought-provoking, without being intimidating.' Geological Magazine


Preface; Part I. The Setting of the Problem: 1. Outline history of investigations; 2. Current contributions on origin; 3. Challenges to customary procedures; 4. Working principles; 5. Stratigraphic framework; 6. General Mesozoic palynologic evidence; 7. Integration of Mesozoic floras and faunas; Part II. The Evidence for Cretaceous Origin: 8. Mesozoic megafossils; 9. English Barremian monosulcate pollen; 10. First convincing angiospermous fossils; 11. Cretaceous angiosperm consolidation; Part III. Consequences and Conclusions: 12. Cenozoic angiosperm radiation; 13. Research unattained but possible; 14. Principles, time and choice; 15. General biological conclusions; Glossary; References; Index.

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