The Diversification of the Leguminosae: First Fossil Evidence of the Mimosoideae and Papilionoideae

  title={The Diversification of the Leguminosae: First Fossil Evidence of the Mimosoideae and Papilionoideae},
  author={W. Crepet and D. W. Taylor},
  pages={1087 - 1089}
The legumes are an important group of flowering plants with a poorly documented evolutionary history. New fossil evidence provides data on the timing of the origin of the two derived subfamilies of legumes (the Mimosoideae and Papilionoideae). These data strongly suggest the importance of bee pollinators during a major period of angiosperm diversification. 


Reconstructing the phylogeny of the Leguminosae and its close relatives will further advance the knowledge of legume biology and facilitate comparative studies of plant structure and development, plant-animal interactions, plants-microbial symbiosis, and genome structure and dynamics.

Late Campanian fossil of a legume fruit supports Mexico as a center of Fabaceae radiation

This fossil provides critical information on the long geologic history of Leguminosae around the world, significantly extending the record into the Cretaceous of Mexico.

Middle to Late Paleocene Leguminosae fruits and leaves from Colombia

The abundant fossil fruits and leaves described here show that Leguminosae was the most important component of the earliest rainforests in northern South America c.

Diplotropis (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae) from the Middle Eocene of Southeastern North America

These fossils represent the only known occurrence of Diplotropis in the paleobotanical record and confirm the existence of this extant tropical South American genus in southeastern North America by the Middle Eocene (approx. 45 million years B.P.).

Dalbergieae (Fabaceae) Samara Fruits from the Late Eocene of Colombia

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  • Environmental Science, Geography
    International Journal of Plant Sciences
  • 2018
The phylogenetic position of L. gunnii, nested within the clade Dalbergieae, supports the hypothesis that legume diversification occurred early in the Tertiary in low latitudes and suggests that this fossil taxon could have been adapted to tropical dry forest ecosystems.

The Fossil Record of Angiosperms: Requiem or Renaissance?1

A reasonably good fossil record of angiosperms is emerging from the combined efforts of many laboratories and, when carefully evaluated, reveals an interesting and possibly informative pattern of flowering plant evolution.

The classification and geography of the flowering plants: Dicotyledons of the class Angiospermae

  • R. Thorne
  • Geography, Biology
    The Botanical Review
  • 2008
This latest revision of the classification and geography of the Dicotyledons is necessitated by the plethora of new information that has become available about the classification of the Angiospermae, especially in the currently popular approaches of cladistic, particulate, and molecular taxonomy.



The Determination of Parallel or Monophyletic Relationships: The Proteid Salamanders-A Test Case

It is concluded that Proteus and Necturus are probably not derived from a common ancestor which was a perennibranchiate salamander and there is no morphological, paleontological, or biogeographical evidence to favor either of these hypotheses over the other.

Chronic Herbivory: Impacts on Architecture and Sex Expression of Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pine, Pinus edulis (Engelm), in Northern Arizona is exposed to recurring high levels of herbivory by the moth Dioryctria albovitella, which affects tree architecture, growth rate, reproductive output, and sexual expression.

The principles of pollination ecology

The principles of pollination ecology are studied in the context of beekeeping and their role in the evolution of honey bees.

Soybean seed lectin gene and flanking nonseed protein genes are developmentally regulated in transformed tobacco plants.

It is concluded that a differentially expressed soybean gene cluster is correctly regulated in transformed tobacco plants and that sequences controlling their expression are recognized by regulatory factors present in tobacco cells.

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