Research Area: Palaeobotany

Towards understanding the fossil record better: Insights from recently deposited plant macrofossils in a sclerophyll-dominated subalpine environment

Towards understanding the fossil record better: Insights from recently deposited plant macrofossils in a sclerophyll-dominated subalpine environment GA Astorga, GJ Jordan, T Brodribb - Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 2016

Accumulations of plant macrofossils in lake sediments and other sedimentary deposits are increasingly being used to refine our understanding of past vegetation history, ecological processes and related climate conditions. However, past vegetation studies based on the use of…

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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…

Paleo-Antarctic rainforest into the modern Old World tropics: The rich past and threatened future of the “southern wet forest survivors”

ABSTRACT • Premise of study: Have Gondwanan rainforest floral associations survived? Where do they occur today? Have they survived continuously in particular locations? How significant is their living floristic signal? We revisit these classic questions in light of significant recent…

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