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Articles on Paleobotany -- the paleobiology of flora, especially green land plants, fungi and seaweeds

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A Possible Endoparasitic Chytridiomycete Fungus From
Several stages of the life cycle of an endoparasitic fungus of the Chytridiomycota, here assigned to the extant genus Synchtrium, are described as the new species permicus from silicified plant remains from the Late Permian

Date: 24 Mar 2008, Rating: 5.00, 7 pages

Early eocene dispersed cuticles and mangrove to rainforest vegetation at Strahan-Regatta Point, Tasmania
Early Eocene plant-fossil assemblages (mostly of dispersed cuticle) from Strahan-Regatta Point, Tasmania, Australia, record evidence of mesothermal rainforest

Date: 13 Mar 2008, Rating: 2.00, 12 pages

Monocot macrofossils from the miocene of Southern New Zealand
Most of the fossils remain unidentified, but are probably semi-aquatic swamp plants.

Date: 13 Mar 2008, Rating: 2.33, 9 pages

Fossilized Cashew Nuts Reveal Europe Was Important Route Between Africa And South America
Cashew nut fossils have been identified in 47-million year old lake sediment in Germany, revealing that the cashew genus Anacardium was once distributed in Europe

Date: 8 Mar 2008, Rating: not rated

Bryozoan generic extinctions and originations during the last one hundred million years
Stage-level analysis of extinctions and originations of bryozoan genera of the orders Cyclostomata and Cheilostomata for the Upper Cretaceous and Cenozoic yields some predictable and some unexpected results.

Date: 16 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

Gymnospermous woods from Jejenes Formation, Carboniferous of San Juan, Argentina: Abietopitys petriellae (Brea and C├ęsari) nov. comb.
Fossil woods from Carboniferous sediments of the Jejenes Formation are described and a new combination Abietopitys petriellae is proposed based on new and the original material.

Date: 16 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated, 8 pages

Schmeissneria: A missing link to angiosperms?
New specimens of Schmeissneria, S. sinensis Wang sp. nov., are reported from the Haifanggou Formation (middle Jurassic) in western Liaoning, China.

Date: 16 Sep 2007, Rating: 5.50, 9 pages

Rare Plant From Dinosaur Age
A relic plant that once co-existed with dinosaurs has taken up residence in the University of Wisconsin-Madison botany greenhouses.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

Earth's First Rainforest Unearthed
A spectacular fossilised forest has transformed our understanding of the ecology of the Earth's first rainforests.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: 2.00

Plants From Ancient Gondwanaland Spread By Continental Drift And Transoceanic Dispersal
Using DNA sequence data, botanists have shown that the large southern hemisphere plant family Proteaceae lived on the super-continent Gondwanaland almost 120 million years ago.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

Ancient Flower Fossil Points To Underwater Origins
The world's oldest known flower never bloomed, but it has opened scientific questions into whether all of modern flowering plants share underwater origins.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: 4.67

Chinese And U.S. Scientists Identify The World's Oldest Flowering Plant
On the floor of a steamy Asian forest, a woody plant destined for immortality was thriving among the dragonflies and dinosaurs when a nearby volcano erupted and left it buried in ash.

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: not rated

First Orchid Fossil Puts Showy Blooms At Some 80 Million Years Old
Biologists have identified the ancient fossilized remains of a pollen-bearing bee as the first hint of orchids in the fossil record

Date: 11 Sep 2007, Rating: 4.00

Fossil Leaves Suggest Asteroid Killed Dinosaurs
A team of scientists says evidence from fossilized leaves indicates that dinosaurs appear to have become extinct as a result of the catastrophic impact of an asteroid and not volcanic activity.

Date: 18 Jul 2006, Rating: 3.95