An Introduction to Paleobotany

Author: Chester A. Arnold

Publisher: Miller Press

ISBN: 1443723045

Category: Science

Page: 444

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AN INTRODUCTION TO PALEOBOTANY By CHESTER A. ARNOLD. PREFACE: The preparation of this book was motivated by a longfelt need for a concise yet fairly comprehensive textbook of paleobotahy for use in American colleges and universities. Although se jftrate courses in paleobotany are not offered in many institutionsfifr ssil plants are fre quently treated in regular courses in botany and aleontology. In these courses both student and instructor are often compelled to resort to widely scattered publications, which are not always conveniently avail able. Lack of ready access to sources of information has retarded instruction in paleobotany and has lessened the number of students specializing in this field. Another effect no less serious hag bteen the frequent lack of appreciation by botanists and paleontologists yf the importance of fossil plants in biological and geological science. The two works of reference principally used by British and American students of paleobotany within recent decades have been Sewards Fossil Plants and Scotts Studies in Fossil Botany the former con sisting of four volumes, published - at intervals between 1898 and 191 7, and the latter of two volumes, the last edition of which appeared in 1920 and 1923. Both are now put of print, and although they will continue to occupy a prominent place among the great works in paleobotany, they are already in many respects obsolete. Since the publication of the last edition of Scotts Studies, many new and important discoveries have been made, which have not only added greatly to our knowledge of fossil plants but which have altered our interpretations of some of them. Many of the newer contributions have resulted from techniques scarcely known to the writers of the first quarter of the present century. Thfese new techniques have also brought about certain shifts of emphasis, which are evident when one compares certain portions of this book with the writings of 30 years ago. The arrangement and scope of the subject matter is in part the result of 17 years of experience in teaching a small course in paleobotany open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students, most of whom were majors or minors in botany or biology. The approach to the subject is therefore essentially botanical. Paleobotany as a subdivision of paleon tology can be treated either biologically or geologically, but the two approaches are so different that to tiy to combine them would result only in confusion and lack of clarity. The present arrangement, therefore, is followed partly because of the necessity of making a choice, but mostly because of the authors conviction that it is best for instructional purposes. The author is not unaware of the preoccupation with paleo botany of many geologists who might with good reason prefer a presenta tion following the geologic time scale. Their requirements are met to some extent by the inclusion of the chapter on The Sequence of the Plant World in Geologic Time, in which an effort is made to summarize the floras of the eras and periods. Then, in dealing with some of the plant groups, the most ancient members are described first, thereby giving some idea of the major steps in development from their first appearance down to the present. In making selections of subject matter an author can hardly avoid being partial to his particular interests to the neglect of other material. In spite of an effort to avoid bias, the ready admission is made that this book is not free from it...
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Paleobotany

An Introduction to Fossil Plant Biology

Author: Thomas N. Taylor

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 589

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Introduction to Plant Fossils

Author: Christopher J. Cleal,Barry A. Thomas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108483445

Category: Medical

Page: 264

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Offers a practical guide for the non-specialist on studying and learning from plant fossils to understand the evolution of vegetation on Earth.
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An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals

Seeking Clues to the Earth's Past

Author: Jon Erickson,Donald Robert Coates,Erickson, Helen Phoebe

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 143810961X

Category: Fossils

Page: 288

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"An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals" introduces the fascinating science of geology and how it reveals the history of the Earth as told by its rocks. The revised edition features: - A systematic treatment of Earth history
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Paleobotany

The Biology and Evolution of Fossil Plants

Author: Edith L. Taylor,Thomas N. Taylor,Michael Krings

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780080557830

Category: Science

Page: 1252

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This book provides up-to-date coverage of fossil plants from Precambrian life to flowering plants, including fungi and algae. It begins with a discussion of geologic time, how organisms are preserved in the rock record, and how organisms are studied and interpreted and takes the student through all the relevant uses and interpretations of fossil plants. With new chapters on additional flowering plant families, paleoecology and the structure of ancient plant communities, fossil plants as proxy records for paleoclimate, new methodologies used in phylogenetic reconstruction and the addition of new fossil plant discoveries since 1993, this book provides the most comprehensive account of the geologic history and evolution of microbes, algae, fungi, and plants through time. * Major revision of a 1993 classic reference * Lavishly illustrated with 1,800 images and user friendly for use by paleobotanists, biologists, geologists and other related scientists * Includes an expanded glossary with an extensive up-to-date bibliography and a comprehensive index * Provides extensive coverage of fungi and other microbes, and major groups of land plants both living and extinct
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An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals, Jon Erickson, 2000

An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals,

Author: Fact on File Publication

Publisher: Bukupedia

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

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INTRODUCTION TO FOSSILS AND MINERALS, REVISED EDITION No other aspect of geology is as popular with the public as the occurrence of fossils and minerals in earth materials. Countless geologists have been attracted to this discipline because at an early age they discovered the wonder and beauty of such treasures as dinosaurs and precious gems. Jon Erickson has woven a revealing story of the uniqueness of fossils and minerals in the natural world. Indeed this attractive book provides an important source of information for those people who are interested about the world in which they live.This introduction to fossils and minerals admirably fulfills such an objective. When the reader goes beyond the somewhat bewildering names of fossils, there can be ample reward discovering their importance in helping decipher the mysteries of rock formations and their development throughout time. In a somewhat different way knowledge about minerals also opens a window to their importance. These relationships, and the manner in which they have interacted throughout geological history, are explored in the book’s 10 chapters. The author traces Earth’s development during the millennia of geologic time (more than 4 billion years) and shows how a knowledge of fossils and minerals is crucial for unraveling this saga. This short book title does not adequately indicate the large diversity of subject matter that is discussed. Indeed each chapter contains a wealth of topical information that places in perspective the essence of numerous different XI foreword types of material and their relationships. This systematic treatment of Earth history, rock types, marine fossils, terrestrial fossils, crystals, gems, and precious metals provides indelible insights into Earth’s unique character. The data are up-to-date regarding the most recent discoveries on such topics as global tectonics and faunal extinctions, including a wealth of information about the demise of dinosaurs. The writing style of Jon Erickson is very clear, readable, and understandable to the nonscientist.The accuracy of the book and the scope of information will also be welcomed by geologists. The 178 figures provide visual enhancement, and such data supplement the text descriptions.These include maps, photographs, line drawings, and diagrams. Because the vocabulary of geology may be new to many, a Glossary of word definitions and explanations provides an extra bonus for comprehension. For those who are especially interested in following the documentation of ideas and facts, the Bibliography provides a fine summary.Thus, An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals is recommended reading for both those just beginning their discovery journey of the Earth and for scientists who appreciate a well-crafted presentation on these significant subjects. —Donald R. Coates, Ph.D.
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Aspects of Palynology

An Introduction to Plant Microfossils in Time

Author: Robert Haydn Tschudy,Richard Albert Scott

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 510

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Bringing Fossils to Life

An Introduction to Paleobiology

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231536909

Category: Science

Page: 672

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One of the leading textbooks in its field, Bringing Fossils to Life applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics, bridging the gap between purely theoretical paleobiological textbooks and those that describe only invertebrate paleobiology and that emphasize cataloguing live organisms instead of dead objects. For this third edition Donald R. Prothero has revised the art and research throughout, expanding the coverage of invertebrates and adding a discussion of new methodologies and a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life.
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An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development

Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Charles B. Beck

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521837408

Category: Science

Page: 431

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An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development incorporates basic knowledge of plant anatomy with contemporary information and ideas about the development of structure and form.
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