Journal: Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatolgy Palaeoecology

Using fossil leaves as evidence for open vegetation

Gregory J. Jordan, Raymond J. Carpenter, Timothy J. Brodribb, Using fossil leaves as evidence for open vegetation, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Volume 395, 1 February 2014, Pages 168-175, ISSN 0031-0182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.12.035.

The ability to discriminate between open vegetation and closed forest in the fossil record is constrained by a paucity of suitable proxies. Taxonomy-based proxies (especially the floristic composition of fossil pollen assemblages) provide the main tool for inferring…