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This book was originally published in 1989. The dramatic radiation of the angiosperms towards the end of the Early Cretaceous initiated major changes in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the world. Dramatic changes in the flora and fauna were exemplified by the development of angiosperm-dominated plant communities and the rapid diversification of mammals, birds and insects. Written specifically for use by advanced undergraduate and graduate students, the book presents an overview of works on the origins of angiosperms and the ecological effects upon terrestrial life of their rapid radiation. It will be of particular value to students of palaeobiology and ecology, as well as to those studying evolutionary biology and systematics.
List of contributors
Introduction to angiosperms
The origin of angiosperms
Global palaeogeography and palaeoclimate of the Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary
Mid-Cretaceous to Early Tertiary vegetation and climate: evidence from fossil leaves and woods
Vegetational consequences of angiosperm diversification
Time of appearance of floral features
The evolution of insect pollination in angiosperms
Interactions of angiosperms and herbivorous tetrapods through time
Dinosaurs and land plants
Vegetational and mammalian faunal changes in the Early Tertiary of southern England
Classification of plants and animals
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ISBN: 9780521311731 ISBN-10: 052131173X Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 372 Published: 17th July 1989 Publisher: Cambridge University Press Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.54