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The fossil record of the bryophytes


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Jordan, GJ 2006 , 'The fossil record of the bryophytes', in Mosses 1 , Flora of Australia Series (51) , CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), pp. 58-66.

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This review summarises the fossil record of bryophytes, including the record from Australia. Bryophytes, especially mosses produce distinctive fossils that often can be identified quite precisely. For unknown reasons, the Mesozoic and Palaeozoic records are dominated by hepatics, whereas the more recent (Cenozoic) records are dominated by mosses. The fossil record suggests relatively slow evolution of bryophytes, with most Cainozoic records attributable to extant genera (and sometimes species).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Jordan, GJ
Journal or Publication Title: Flora of Australia
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
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