Additional evidence for the Mesozoic diversification of conifers: Pollen cone of Chimaerostrobus minutus gen. et sp. nov. (Coniferales), from the Lower Jurassic of Antarctica

  title={Additional evidence for the Mesozoic diversification of conifers: Pollen cone of Chimaerostrobus minutus gen. et sp. nov. (Coniferales), from the Lower Jurassic of Antarctica},
  author={Brian A. Atkinson and Rudolph Serbet and Timothy J. Hieger and Edith L. Taylor},
  journal={Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology},
Abstract Paleontological data indicates that the Late Triassic–Early Jurassic was a critical time interval for the phylogenetic and morphological diversification of conifers, especially modern families. In this study a new genus and species, Chimaerostrobus minutus , is characterized based on an anatomically preserved pollen cone from the Lower Jurassic of Antarctica. The cone was prepared using the cellulose acetate peel technique and studied using light and scanning electron microscopy. The… 
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