Paleobotany

Just out | First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment @ PalZ

Just out @ PalZ First record of insects in lignite-bearing formations (upper Eocene) of the central German Leipzig Embayment Author(s) Lutz Kunzmann, Christian Müller, Karolin Moraweck, Dorothea Bräutigam, Torsten Wappler, André Nel Abstract: The first unequivocal insect remains from compression plant assemblages of the central German Leipzig Embayment (former Weißelster Basin) are reported and briefly described. The fossil taphocoenosis comes from the upper Bartonian or lower Priabonian Luckenau Clay complex (lignite-bearing Borna Formation) that represents sediments of

Just out | Further study of Late Devonian seed plant Cosmosperma polyloba: its reconstruction and evolutionary significance @ BMC Evolutionary Biology

Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Further study of Late Devonian seed plant Cosmosperma polyloba: its reconstruction and evolutionary significance Author(s) Le Liu, Deming Wang, Meicen Meng and Jinzhuang Xue Abstract: Background The earliest seed plants in the Late Devonian (Famennian) are abundant and well known. However, most of them lack information regarding the frond system and reconstruction. Cosmosperma polyloba represents the first Devonian ovule in China and East Asia, and its cupules, isolated synangiate pollen organs and pinnules have been studied

Just out |  Two fossil species of Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) from the Oligo-Miocene Golden Fleece locality in Tasmania, Australia @ American Journal of Botany

Just out @ American Journal of Botany Two fossil species of Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) from the Oligo-Miocene Golden Fleece locality in Tasmania, Australia Author(s) Myall Tarran, Peter G. Wilson, Michael K. Macphail, Greg J. Jordan and Robert S. Hill Abstract: PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The capsular-fruited genus Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) is one of the most widely distributed flowering plant genera in the Pacific but is extinct in Australia today. The center of geographic origin for the genus and the reason for

Just out | Widespread paleopolyploidy, gene tree conflict, and recalcitrant relationships among the carnivorous Caryophyllales @ American Journal of Botany

Just out @ American Journal of Botany Widespread paleopolyploidy, gene tree conflict, and recalcitrant relationships among the carnivorous Caryophyllales Author(s) Joseph F. Walker, Ya Yang, Michael J. Moore, Jessica Mikenas, Alfonso Timoneda, Samuel F. Brockington and Stephen A. Smith Abstract: PREMISE OF STUDY: The carnivorous members of the large, hyperdiverse Caryophyllales (e.g., Venus flytrap, sundews, and Nepenthes pitcher plants) represent perhaps the oldest and most diverse lineage of carnivorous plants. However, despite numerous studies seeking to elucidate their evolutionary

Just out | Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae) @ BMC Evolutionary Biology

Just out @ BMC Evolutionary Biology Phylogenetic and paleobotanical evidence for late Miocene diversification of the Tertiary subtropical lineage of ivies (Hedera L., Araliaceae) Author(s) V. Valcárcel, B. Guzmán, N. G. Medina, P. Vargas and J. Wen Abstract: Background Hedera (ivies) is one of the few temperate genera of the primarily tropical Asian Palmate group of the Araliaceae, which extends its range out of Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic results suggested Asia as the center of origin and

Just out | Taphonomic and palaeovegetational studies in lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits of Chintalapudi Area, Godavari Graben, South India @ Revue de Micropaléontologie

Just out @ Revue de Micropaléontologie Taphonomic and palaeovegetational studies in lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits of Chintalapudi Area, Godavari Graben, South India Author(s) Shreya Mishra, Neerja Jha, Sukhbir Singh Gahalain Abstract: Palynomorphs from lower Permian (Asselian-Sakmarian) deposits from Chintalapudi area of Godavari Graben were used to infer palaeovegetation and palaeoenvironments through palynofacies reconstruction and taphonomic studies. The recovered palynofloral assemblage is dominated by Cordaites with subordinate conifers and glossopterids forming the floral canopy. Fillicopsids, equisetopsids,

Just out | The late-Holocene decline of Tilia in relation to climate and human activities – pollen evidence from 42 sites in southern Sweden @ Journal of Biogeography

Just out @ Journal of Biogeography The late-Holocene decline of Tilia in relation to climate and human activities – pollen evidence from 42 sites in southern Sweden Author(s) Tove Hultberg, Per Lagerås, Leif Björkman, Eva Sköld, George L Jacobson, Per-Ola Hedwall, Matts Lindbladh Abstract: Aim | The dominant role of Tilia in primeval forests of Scandinavia has long been recognized, but the timing and mechanisms for its decline have not been completely unravelled. A particular

Just out | Seaweed morphology and ecology during the great animal diversification events of the early Paleozoic: A tale of two floras @ Geobiology

Just out @ Geobiology Seaweed morphology and ecology during the great animal diversification events of the early Paleozoic: A tale of two floras Author(s) S. T. LoDuca, N. Bykova, M. Wu, S. Xiao, Y. Zhao Abstract: Non-calcified marine macroalgae (“seaweeds”) play a variety of key roles in the modern Earth system, and it is likely that they were also important players in the geological past, particularly during critical transitions such

Just out | Heritability of the Structures and 13C Fractionation in Tomato Leaf Wax Alkanes: A Genetic Model System to Inform Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions @ Frontiers in Earth Science

Just out @ Frontiers in Earth Science Heritability of the Structures and 13C Fractionation in Tomato Leaf Wax Alkanes: A Genetic Model System to Inform Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions Author(s) Amanda L. D. Bender,  Daniel H. Chitwood and  Alexander S. Bradley Abstract: Leaf wax n-alkanes are broadly used to reconstruct paleoenvironmental information. However, the utility of n-alkanes as a paleoenvironmental proxy may be modulated by the extent to which biological as well as environmental factors

Just out | An ancient example of Platycladus (Cupressceae) from the early Miocene of northern China: origin and biogeographical implications @ Historical Biology

Just out @ Historical Biology An ancient example of Platycladus (Cupressceae) from the early Miocene of northern China: origin and biogeographical implications Author(s) Wenlong He , Liang Xiao, Xiangchuan Li & Shuangxing Guo Abstract: A number of cupressaceous fossil leaves are described in this paper that come from the lower Miocene of Inner Mongolia, northern China. These new examples of fossil leaves are compressed, have their branchlets arranged in a plane,