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Brief History of the Gymnosperms: Classification, Biodiversity, Phytogeography and Ecology

Series: Strelitzia Volume: 20

By: JM Anderson, CJ Cleal and HM Anderson

280 pages, Line drawings, tables, charts

South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI Publishing)

Paperback | Oct 2007 | #172027 | ISBN-13: 9781919976396
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £29.99 $36/€34 approx

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A global synthesis of gymnosperm families, fossil and extant, providing a new and distinctive perspective on the macroevolutionary biodiversity trends within this group through their 375 million-year history. The stratigraphic ranges of the 84 gymnosperm families are plotted according to their first and last appearances in the fossil record.

A series of 30 full-page colour charts provide the holistic context in which to interpret gymnosperm history. Also included is a systematic coverage of floral kingdoms, biodiversity patterns, insect associations and other fields, traced period by period from the Devonian to Quaternary. With a final chapter on gymnosperm biodiversity trends at the microevolutionary (genera and species) level, taken from a selection of some 13 important localities scattered globally and through the geological column.


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