Silurian Trilete Spores and Spore Tetrads from Gotland: Their Implications for Land Plant Evolution

  title={Silurian Trilete Spores and Spore Tetrads from Gotland: Their Implications for Land Plant Evolution},
  author={J. Gray and S. Laufeld and A. Boucot},
  pages={260 - 263}
  • J. Gray, S. Laufeld, A. Boucot
  • Published 1974
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Land-plant type spores occur in argillaceous limestones and platform graptolitic mudstones of Wenlock-Ludlow age in Sweden. Analysis of the stratal sequence demonstrates that occurrence of abundant spores is a function of depositional ecology, particularly water depth and shoreline proximity. This ecological analysis and the seeming absence of any correlation between the first appearances of abundant spores and megafossils of land-plant type raise the possibility that land plants evolved far… CONTINUE READING
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