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Palaeobiology of Angiosperm Origins : Problems of Mesozoic seed-plant evolution - Norman F. Hughes

Palaeobiology of Angiosperm Origins

Problems of Mesozoic seed-plant evolution

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Published: 8th March 1982
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The evolutionary origin and early history of the angiosperms (or flowering plants), which are the dominant land plants today, has remained an unsolved problem since the time of Darwin. It has been referred to since those days as an 'abominable mystery', because neither direct ancestor nor an agreed date could be determined. Mr Hughes argues that previous approaches, mostly through botanical theory, have been inadequate and misleading. He suggests that the date is about 110 million years ago (in the Cretaceous period) and there is a good chance of ancestors being found if the correct approach is adopted to the study of other fossil plants of that period. Moreover, the study of plant microfossils in the past twenty years has made feasible a fuller geological study of other fossils. When this book was first published in 1976, several reviewers saw it as a timely book on a controversial subject.

Introduction and proposition
Technical Situation
Biology and Earth evolution
Palaeobotanical factors
Data-handling for fossils
Cretaceous Earth History
Cretaceous flora
Cretaceous land fauna
Cretaceous stratigraphy
Critical Fossil Evidence
Jurassic gymnosperms
Early Cretaceous gymnosperms
Early Cretaceous fossil evidence of angiosperm characters
Late Cretaceous angiosperms
Conclusion from Evidence
Theory of angiosperm origin and early evolution
Other Theories: 13 Pre-Cretaceous angiosperm chains
Contribution of studies of comparative morphology
Other current theories
Consequences
Classification of angiosperms
Summary and future
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521287265
ISBN-10: 052128726X
Series: Cambridge Earth Science Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 8th March 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38