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Macrofossils as indicators of Plio-Pleistocene climates in Tasmania and Antarctica
Hill, RS and Jordan, GJ (1996) Macrofossils as indicators of Plio-Pleistocene climates in Tasmania and Antarctica. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 130 (2). pp. 9-15. ISSN 0080-4703
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Plant macrofossils can be used as proxy palaeoclimatic indicators, since both the taxa present at a site and the form ofleaves depend on
the climate, and macrofossils are rarely transported far. In the simple case of the Sirius Group Nothofagus leaves and wood in Antarctica,
the fossils provide data on climate that suggest temperatures at the time of deposition were in the order of> 10°C warmer than at present.
While the age of the fossils is still debated, the climatic signal is not. However, in more subtle cases, where the climatic differences are smaller
and the fossil evidence is more complex, it is critical to interpret the evidence cauriously. Macrofossils from Pleistocene localities in
Tasmania provide a clear signal on temperature and rainfall that is sometimes at odds with pollen-based reconstructions, bur the former
is inherently likely to be more accurate.
|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. 9-15|
|Collections:||Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
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|Date Deposited:||01 Jun 2012 04:31|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:38|
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