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Common Fossil Plants of Western North America, Second Edition,9781560987581

Common Fossil Plants of Western North America, Second Edition

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2nd
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9781560987581

ISBN10:
1560987588
Format:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
6/22/2010
Publisher(s):
Smithsonian Books
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Summary

Illustrated with more than eight hundred drawings and photographs, this informative, hands-on guide will help amateur fossil collectors identify and assess the significance of their finds. Introductory chapters describe the types of plant preservation and outline the development of such groups as ferns, fern allies, and seed plants including cycads, ginkgos, conifers, and flowering plants. Generic accounts include brief characterizations; one or more line drawings; lists of formations in which the fossil plant occurs; and, in some, discussions of the ecological conditions under which the plant may have grown. Half of the listings describe fossil woods. A table of more than one hundred localities from British Columbia to northern New Mexico and from California as far east as South Dakota lists the period and epoch in which each site's fossils probably originated. Because fossil plants are found worldwide, the book can be used in many areas other than the western United States. First published in 1975, this second edition has been completely revised and expanded to include more than 350 new or modified illustrations, an outline key, an amplified glossary, and discussion of seventy-nine additional genera of compressional and petrified material. For geologists, botanists, land managers, naturalists, and anyone interested in hunting and identifying fossil plants, this comprehensive guide is an indispensable reference.

Author Biography

William D. Tidwell is a professor of botany at Brigham Young University. He is the author or coauthor of ninety-three papers, ninety-one abstracts, and three books on fossil plants.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
List of Tables and Charts
xiii
Introduction
1(4)
Survey of Organisms (Exclusive of Kingdoms Monera and Animalia)
5(21)
Types of Preservation and Methods of Study
26(4)
Collecting and Processing Specimens
30(6)
Sequence of Plant Life of the Past
36(24)
Monera (Eubacteria)
60(2)
Photosynthetic Protists (Algae)
62(2)
Lycopodophyta
64(4)
Sphenophyta
68(6)
Filicophyta (Ferns)
74(13)
Fernlike Foliage
87(4)
Seeds and Microsporangiate Structures
91(5)
Cycadophyta (Cycads)
96(6)
Ginkgophyta (Ginkgos)
102(1)
Coniferophyta
103(25)
Angiospermophyta (Angiosperms)
128(47)
Petrifaction
175(10)
Petrified Lycopodophyta (Lycopods)
185(1)
Petrified Filicophyta (Ferns)
186(10)
Petrified Cycadophyta (Cycads)
196(3)
Petrified Ginkgophyta (Ginkgos)
199(2)
Petrified Coniferophyta (Conifers)
201(16)
Petrified Angiospermophyta (Angiosperms)
217(34)
Outline Key 251
Leaf Characteristics 132(131)
Glossary 263(22)
References and Selected Readings 285(2)
Index 287


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