The Palaeozoic era was a time of major evolution and diversification of plants, as they adapted from aquatic to terrestrial habitats. This book covers the first 200 million years of the history of land evolution, showing how the main facets of vegetative evolution can be demonstrated at sites in Britain, and how the fossil record can be of value as an evolutionary and environmental indicator of the geological past, in general, as well as in Britain. In part a conservation tool, this volume also provides the most comprehensive bibliography of the subject yet published, providing an extensive review of research that has been carried out in the last two centuries.
This beautifully produced book is much more than a catalogue of fossil plants and trees; it vividly documents a journey through Palaeozoic plant cover from the green Cooksonia meadows of the Silurian through the lush canopies of the Devonian and Carboniferous, eventually to the sad poisoned forests of the Permian. Essential reading for anyone involved in palaeobotany from researchers through teachers to students - the information is accessible and readable. Palaeozoic gardening will never be the same. - The Palaeontological Newsletter; It is well produced...the most comprehensive account of British Palaeozoic floras... - Scottish Journal of Geology
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