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Estimating the Phanerozoic history of the Ascomycota lineages: combining fossil and molecular data.
Arthropods in amber from the Triassic Period
- A. Schmidt, S. Jancke, D. Grimaldi
- Environmental Science, GeographyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 27 August 2012
It is found that the abundance of amber during the Carnian is globally anomalous for the pre-Cretaceous and may, alternatively, be related to paleoclimate.
Development of microalgae communities in the Phytotelmata of allochthonous populations of Sarracenia purpurea (Sarraceniaceae).
Differences in the temporal patterns of algae coenoses in individual pitchers suggested a colonisation of the pitchers by algae via trapped insects, air and rain water rather than via the surrounding fen, which might be used by the carnivorous S. purpurea plant as additional food source in allochthonous populations in Europe lacking top predators.
Cretaceous African life captured in amber
- A. Schmidt, V. Perrichot, N. Vávra
- Geography, Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 5 April 2010
A unique find of African amber with inclusions, from the Cretaceous of Ethiopia, revealing the interactions of plants, fungi and arthropods during an epoch of major change in terrestrial ecosystems, which was caused by the initial radiation of the angiosperms.
Plant-feeding mite diversity in Triassic amber (Acari: Tetrapodili)
Further recovery of mites from this Late Triassic amber is reported, supporting the prediction of a diversity of arthropods to be found in this oldest known fossiliferous resin and two new genera and species of the Tetrapodili lineage are described.
Amber fossils of sooty moulds
One species or at least eight? Delimitation and distribution of Frullania tamarisci (L.) Dumort. s. l. (Jungermanniopsida, Porellales) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA markers.
Diversity and ecological adaptations in Palaeogene lichens
The fossil lichens show a wide diversity of morphological adaptations that attached epiphytic thalli to their substrates, helped to combine external water storage with effective gas exchange and facilitated the simultaneous reproduction and dispersal of both partners in symbiosis.
Phylogeny of the leafy liverwort Ptilidium: cryptic speciation and shared haplotypes between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Aquatic organisms as amber inclusions and examples from a modern swamp forest
- A. Schmidt, D. Dilcher
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 16 October 2007
The frequently discussed process of embedding aquatic organisms in tree resin is explained based on field studies in a Florida swamp forest and different aquatic arthropods and all major groups of limnetic microorganisms were found embedded in resin that had contact with swamp water.