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  • 1.
    Choo, Thereis
    et al.
    School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, Ithaca,.
    Escapa, Ignacio
    CONICET, Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, Trelew U9100GYO, Chubut, Argentina.
    Benjamin, Bomfleur
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.
    Monotypic colonies of Clathropteris meniscioides (Dipteridaceae) from the Early Jurassic of central Patagonia, Argentina: implications for taxonomy and palaeoecology2016In: Palaeontographica. Abteilung B, Palaophytologie, ISSN 0375-0299, Vol. 294, p. 85-109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A collection of over 130 specimens of the fossil dipterid fern Clathropteris meniscioides (Brongn. 1825) Brongn. 1828 from in-situ colonies in the Lower Jurassic of Chubut, Argentina, provides evidence for population-level morphological variation within the species and palaeoecology of the site. Characters such as angle of insertion of secondary veins, tertiary vein arrangement and tooth depth were observed to vary between specimens, and the total range of variation captured by this population was found to overlap and intergrade with the descriptions of several previously identified Clathropteris species. This suggests that species delimitations based on minor differences in such characters should be regarded with skepticism, and that the current number of species ascribed to this genus may be artificially inflated. Abundant C. meniscioides fossils at different development stages buried together in a single, thick bed of sheet-flood deposits provide evidence for the species having formed large, pure colonies in open, disturbed floodplain areas. The characteristic and extremely high leaf-vein densities would have allowed for greater carbon assimilation and rapid growth rates. Altogether, this suggests that the species was a fast-growing pioneer species of floodplains, a prominent part of the Early Jurassic vegetation in Gondwana, and a likely food source for large herbivorous dinosaurs common at that time.

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  • 2. Güner, H. Tuncay
    et al.
    Bouchal, Johannes M.
    Köse, N.
    Göktas, F.
    Mayda, S.
    Denk, T.
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.
    Landscape heterogeneity in the Yatağan Basin (southwestern Turkey) during the middle Miocene inferred from plant macro fossils2017In: Palaeontographica. Abteilung B, Palaophytologie, ISSN 0375-0299, Vol. 296, no 1, p. 113-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Plant macrofossils from the lignite mines of Eskihisar, Tınaz, and Salihpaşalar (Yatağan Basin, southwestern Anatolia) were investigated. The fossils were collected from marls overlying the exploited lignite seams and represent three subbasins within the main Yatağan Basin. The age of the Eskihisar lignite seam is well constrained by vertebrate fossils (MN 6, middle Miocene). Further, lithological and palynological correlation suggests that the lignite seams and overlying marls in the three lignite mines were formed at the same time. Three distinct zonal vegetation types are reflected in the local plant assemblages: (i) In Eskihisar, Fagus and evergreen Quercus mediterranea-Q. sosnowskyi communities formed important parts of the zonal vegetation along with the deciduous Quercus kubinyii; (ii) in Tınaz, Quercus sosnowskyi-Q. mediterranea-Q. drymeja communities occurred, while Fagus is rarely encountered in the macrofossil record. (iii) In Salihpaşalar, Quercus mediterranea and Q. drymeja are the most abundant elements, while Fagus and Q. sosnowskyi are absent or nearly so. This demonstrates that local environmental conditions within a geographically restricted region varied and probably were controlled by slope aspects, edaphic conditions, and river drainage. Overall, the zonal vegetation is characterized by a high diversity of evergreen and deciduous oaks belonging to Quercus subgen. Cerris sect. Ilex and sect. Cerris and the local dominance of Fagus. The riparian vegetation was dominated by Populus, Salix and Acer, whereas Alnus and taxodiaceous Cupressaceae and ferns were very rare or absent. The mass occurrence of Quercus sosnowskyi in the Yatağan Basin floras is biogeographically interesting, as this distinct sclerophyllous oak has previously been known to occur only in late Miocene sediments of northern Greece and Abkhasia (Georgia).

  • 3.
    Güner, Tuncay H.
    et al.
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Botany, Istanbul University Cerrahpa¸sa, 34473 Bahçeköy, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Bouchal, Johannes M.
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.
    Köse, Nesibe
    University of Istanbul, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Botany, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Göktaş, Fikret
    Mayda, Serdar
    Denk, Thomas
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.
    Landscape heterogeneity in the Yatağan Basin (southwestern Turkey) during the middle Miocene inferred from plant macro fossils2017In: Palaeontographica. Abteilung B, Palaophytologie, ISSN 0375-0299, Vol. 296, p. 113-171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Plant macro fossils from the lignite mines of Eskihisar, Tınaz, and Salihpaşalar (Yatağan Basin, southwestern Anatolia) were investigated. The fossils were collected from marls overlying the exploited lignite seams and represent three subbasins within the main Yatağan Basin. The age of the Eskihisar lignite seam is well constrained by vertebrate fossils (MN 6, middle Miocene). Further, lithological and palynological correlation suggests that the lignite seams and overlying marls in the three lignite mines were formed at the same time. Three distinct zonal vegetation types are reflected in the local plant assemblages: (i) In Eskihisar, Fagus and evergreen Quercus mediterranea-Q. sosnowskyi communities formed important parts of the zonal vegetation along with the deciduous Quercus kubinyii; (ii) in Tınaz, Quercus sosnowskyi-Q. mediterranea-Q. drymeja communities occurred, while Fagus is rarely encountered in the macrofossil record. (iii) In Salihpaşalar, Quercus mediterranea and Q. drymeja are the most abundant elements, while Fagus and Q. sosnowskyi are absent or nearly so. This demonstrates that local environmental conditions within a geographically restricted region varied and probably were controlled by slope aspects, edaphic conditions, and river drainage. Overall, the zonal vegetation is characterized by a high diversity of evergreen and deciduous oaks belonging to Quercus subgen. Cerris sect. Ilex and sect, Cerris and the local dominance of Fagus. The riparian vegetation was dominated by Populus, Salix and Acer, whereas Alnus and taxodiaceous Cupressaceae and ferns were very rare or absent. The mass occurrence of Quercus sosnowskyi in the Yatağan Basin floras is biogeographically interesting, as this distinct sclerophyllous oak has previously been known to occur only in late Miocene sediments of northern Greece and Abkhasia (Georgia). 

  • 4.
    Pott, Christian
    et al.
    LWL-Museum of Natural History, Münster, Germany.
    Bouchal, Johannes M.
    Swedish Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.
    Choo, Thereis Y.S.
    Yousif, Rihab
    Bomfleur, Benjamin
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.
    Ferns and fern allies from the Carnian (Upper Triassic) of Lunz am See, Lower Austria: A melting pot of Mesozoic fern vegetation2018In: Palaeontographica. Abteilung B, Palaophytologie, ISSN 0375-0299, Vol. 297, no 1–6, p. 1-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The floral assemblage from the Carnian (Upper Triassic) of Lunz-am-See in Austria contains a rich and diverse array of ferns and fern allies, most of which have been considered only marginally, some have been described but more than a century ago and the majority have never been illustrated. Therefore, we here provide a detailed analysis of these taxa accompanied by extensive descriptions, detailed illustrations and colour restorations of the plants. We identified 17 species of lycophytes, sphenophytes and pteridophytes assignable to 14 genera in seven families. One taxon could be identified to class level only. One new genus of dipteridacean ferns (viz. Digitopteris C.Pott et Bomfleur gen. nov.), so far monotypic, is here described from Lunz with its type species Digitopteris repanda C.Pott et Bomfleur sp. nov. The Lunz flora comprises an interesting mixture of eusporangiate Marattiales and leptosporangiate Osmundales, Gleicheniales and Schizaeales; the former representing a rather primitive group of ferns. The co-occurrence of eusporangiate and leptosporangiate ferns renders the Lunz flora important given the fact that eusporangiate ferns were predominating over more modern, leptosporangiate forms during the Paleozoic, whereas they typically constitute only subordinate components in fern vegetation since the mid-Mesozoic until today. Among the leptosporangiate forms, the species from Lunz represent, due to their Triassic age, more primitive forms, which probably were rather growth-restricted thriving as herbaceous understorey layer among the shade of the eusporangiate, tree-like marattialean ferns.

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