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Plants in Mesozoic Time

Morphological Innovations, Phylogeny, Ecosystems

edited by Carole T. Gee

contributions by Sergio Archangelsky, Analía Artabe, Sidney R. Ash, Nina L. Baghai-Riding, Brooks B. Britt, Marcus Clauss, William L. Crepet, N. Rubén Cúneo, Georgina M. Del Fueyo, Charles P. Daghlian, David Dilcher, Ignacio Escapa, Jürgen Hummel, Silvia Gnaedinger, Carol L. Hotton, Nancy Kerk, Michael Krings, Jeffrey M. Osborn, Gar W. Rothwell, P. Martin Sander, Andrew B. Schwendemann, Dennis W. Stevenson, Ruth A. Stockey, Ian Sussex, David Winship Taylor, Edith L. Taylor, Mackenzie L. Taylor, Thomas N. Taylor, William D. Tidwell & Liliana Villar de Seoane

illustrated by Dorothea Kranz

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
Botany, Evolution, Paleontology
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Plants in Mesozoic Time showcases the latest research of broad botanical and paleontological interest from the world's experts on Mesozoic plant life. Each chapter covers a special aspect of a particular plant group—ranging from horsetails to ginkgophytes, from cycads to conifers—and relates it to key innovations in structure, phylogenetic relationships, the Mesozoic flora, or to animals such as plant-eating dinosaurs. The book's geographic scope ranges from Antarctica and Argentina to the western interior of North America, with studies on the reconstruction of the Late Jurassic vegetation of the Morrison Formation and on fossil angiosperm lianas from Late Cretaceous deposits in Utah and New Mexico. The volume also includes cutting-edge studies on the evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") of Mesozoic forests, the phylogenetic analysis of the still enigmatic bennettitaleans, and the genetic developmental controls of the oldest flowers in the fossil record.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Carole T. Gee is Senior Research Scientist in Paleobotany, Division of Paleontology at the Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany.

Editorial Reviews

The assortment of writings will interest a broad array of investigators. . . . Recommended.


This book will be a valuable reference for anyone interested in the biology, paleontology, and paleobotany of the Mesozoic flora and fauna including earth and life scientists and academics, plaeontologists, geologists, and environmental scientists. This very detailed book clearly represents a lifetime of study by the author and is a valuable contribution to the literature.

Plant Science Bulletin

[T]he book will indoubtedly be invaluable to graduate students, faculty, and researchers in the fields of biology, botany, and paleontology. 2011

American Reference Books Annual

[This] volume is immaculately edited, outstandingly readable and beautifully illustrated.

American Paleontologist

The 14 chapters in this edited volume provide a broad and a fascinating view of the flora of the Mesozoic . . . The range of topics in this book means that there should be something for anyone with an interest in paleobotany. . . Vol. 86

Quarterly Review of Biology