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Lower Devonian lycophytes from Sichuan and the palaeogeographic context of coeval plant assemblages from South China

Edwards, Dianne, Li, Cheng-Sen and Berry, Christopher M. 2022. Lower Devonian lycophytes from Sichuan and the palaeogeographic context of coeval plant assemblages from South China. International Journal of Plant Sciences 183 (6) 10.1086/720387
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Abstract

Premise of research. Devonian assemblages from South China have become an important source of data on the rise of land plants and are thus supplementary to a scenario historically based on fossils from the Laurussian region and Siberia. Less attention has been given to assemblages from Sichuan and their paleogeographic significance than to those from Yunnan and adjacent provinces in China. Methodology. Descriptions of plants, including lycopsids, with enations are based on coalified compression fossils lacking anatomy, and they complete our analyses of the Sichuan Lower Devonian assemblages. Compiled species lists for the entire assemblage are compared with those from coeval assemblages from South China using simple statistical methods (including Simpson’s coefficient of similarity). Pivotal results. Studies confirm the presence of endemic lycophytes and emphasize the importance of detailed study of Drepanophycus spinaeformis before any conclusions about its global occurrence can be made. Conclusions. Statistical analysis of the whole flora confirms that the assemblage from Sichuan is distinct from that at Yunnan, but distinguishing two further subregions in South China requires descriptions of further taxa.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISSN: 1058-5893
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 May 2022
Date of Acceptance: 4 April 2022
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 16:20
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/149767

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