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About this book
About this book
Presents new found empirical evidence that may lend clues to the questions of the origins of angiosperms, drawing on evidence from palaeobotany, comparative morphology, development, and structural and molecular phylogeny.
Introduction: the challenge of flowering plant history; Morphology and leaf architecture of glossopterids and other reticulate gymnosperm leaves; A new gnetophyte from the Late Carnian (Late Triassic) of Texas and its bearing on the origin of the angiosperm carpel and stamen; Wood anatomy of primitive angiosperms: new perspectives and syntheses; Evidence for the earliest stage of angiosperm pollen evolution: a paleoequatorial section from Israel; The origin and evolution of the angiosperm carpel; Floral structure, development and relationships of paleoherbs: Saruma, Cabomba, Lactoris and selected Piperales; The origin of the angiosperm flower; Evidence for, and implications of, an herbaceous origin of angiosperms; Comparison of alternative hypotheses for the origin of the angiosperms; The least specialized angiosperms; Molecular phylogeny and the diversification of the angiosperms; Appendix: Stratigraphic timescale.
448 pages, Figs, tabs, b/w photos
This book should be read by anyone interested in angiosperm origins. - Plant Science Bulletin; ...this is still one of the most comprehensive reviews of the subject to date. - Plant Science Bulletin; ...the cover of this volume does little to tell the reader of the varied and significant research results that are included in the pages of this book. Flowering plant origins, phylogenies and evolution is a complex but interesting field of study. The authors have done a fine job of showing this to be true. - Am. Assn. of Stratigraphic Palynologists