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Charcoal in the Early Devonian: A wildfire-derived Konservat–Lagerstätte

Glasspool, Ian J., Edwards, Dianne and Axe, Lindsey 2006. Charcoal in the Early Devonian: A wildfire-derived Konservat–Lagerstätte. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 142 (3-4) , pp. 131-136. 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2006.03.021

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Anatomically preserved Earliest Devonian plant mesofossils from a stream section in the Welsh Borderland are quantitatively demonstrated to be charcoal, and are the pyrolysis products of ancient wildfires. These wildfire events preserved a diversity of plants and a level of anatomical detail that is unrivalled by other Lochkovian localities, and as a result have provided important insights into the early evolution of land plants. This diverse assemblage, which displays exceptional preservation of volatile non-mineralised tissues, is an example of instantaneous fossilization and the locality is proposed as a Konservat–Lagerstätte. It is the first record of a wildfire-derived Lagerstätte and as such, expands the diversity of recognized conservation traps.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QK Botany
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lagerstätte; Devonian; Lochkovian; wildfire; charcoal
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0034-6667
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09

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