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A fossil bolster plant from the King River, Tasmania


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Gibson, N and Kiernan, K and Macphail, MK (1987) A fossil bolster plant from the King River, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 121. pp. 35-42. ISSN 0080-4703

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A macrofossil of the alpine bolster plant Donatia novae-zelandiae was found in the King River Valley, approximately 230 m above sea level in central western Tasmania. The fossil was in situ on a palaeosol that appears to have formed immediately prior to the late Last Glacial Maximum. An age of21180 + 370 years b.p. was established by radiocarbon dating. Pollen and present day distributional data suggest that the tree line was then at least 750 m lower than at present, implying a temperature depression of about 4.5 0 C. Scanning electron-micrographs and photomicrographs of the extant and fossil bolster species are presented.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 35-42
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 22:32
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
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