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A reconsideration of Dimeripteris cornuta SCHWEITZER and CAI, a diminutive fossil plant from the Middle Devonian of Yunnan, China

Wang, Yi and Berry, Christopher Mark 2003. A reconsideration of Dimeripteris cornuta SCHWEITZER and CAI, a diminutive fossil plant from the Middle Devonian of Yunnan, China. Geobios 36 (4) , pp. 437-446. 10.1016/S0016-6995(03)00040-8

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Abstract

Small plant fragments previously attributed to Dimeripteris cornuta SCHWEITZER and CAI and new specimens are described from the Middle Devonian (Givetian) Xichong Formation of Wuding, Yunnan Province, southwest China. A predominantly trifurcate branching pattern is recognized in lower orders of branching. Erect fusiform sporangia are borne in pairs terminally on a short pedicel on up to three times dichotomously-branching fertile unit. The beaked tips of the paired sporangia point outwards. This plant is distinguished from known plants by the trifurcate branching pattern and sporangia morphology, but is of problematic affinity. The plant is named Tauritheca cornuta (SCHWEITZER and CAI) WANG and BERRY nov. gen. and nov. comb.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tauritheca cornuta; Middle Devonian; Yunnan; China
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0016-6995
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085

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