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Article: New fossil woods from lower Cenozoic volcano‐sedimentary rocks of the Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, and the implications for the trans‐Antarctic Peninsula Eocene climatic gradient

Papers in Palaeontology - Volume 6 Issue 1 - Cover
Publication: Papers in Palaeontology
Volume: 6
Part: 1
Publication Date: Febuary 2020
Page(s): 1 29
Author(s): Changhwan Oh, Marc Philippe, Stephen McLoughlin, Jusun Woo, Marcelo Leppe, Teresa Torres, Tae‐Yoon S. Park, and Han‐Gu Choi
DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1256
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OH, C., PHILIPPE, M., MCLOUGHLIN, S., WOO, J., LEPPE, M., TORRES, T., PARK, T.S., CHOI, H. 2020. . Papers in Palaeontology, 6, 1, 1-29. DOI: /doi/10.1002/spp2.1256

Author Information

  • Changhwan Oh - Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences Chungbuk National University Cheongju 28644 Korea
  • Marc Philippe - Université Lyon 1 & CNRS UMR 5023 7 rue Dubois F69622 Villeurbanne France
  • Stephen McLoughlin - Department of Palaeobiology Swedish Museum of Natural History Box 50007 S‐104 05 Stockholm Sweden
  • Jusun Woo - Division of Polar Earth‐System Sciences Korea Polar Research Institute Incheon 21990 Korea
  • Marcelo Leppe - Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH) Plaza Muñoz Gamero 1055 Punta Arenas Chile
  • Teresa Torres - Facultad de Ciencias Agronómicas Casilla 1004 Universidad Chile Santiago Chile
  • Tae‐Yoon S. Park - Division of Polar Earth‐System Sciences Korea Polar Research Institute Incheon 21990 Korea
  • Han‐Gu Choi - Division of Polar Life Sciences Korea Polar Research Institute Incheon 21990 Korea

Publication History

  • Issue published online: 28 January 2020
  • Manuscript Accepted: 22 November 2018
  • Manuscript Received: 14 August 2018

Funded By

Swedish Research Council. Grant Number: VR grant 2014‐5234
Long‐Term Ecological Researches on King George Island to Predict Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change. Grant Number: PE15020
Korea Polar Research Institute
National Science Foundation. Grant Number: project #1636625

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Ten embedded fossil logs sampled in situ from the middle Eocene volcano‐sedimentary rocks close to Suffield Point in the Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, Antarctica, are assigned to Protopodocarpoxylon araucarioides Schultze‐Motel ex Vogellehner, Phyllocladoxylon antarcticum Gothan, Agathoxylon antarcticum (Poole & Cantrill) Pujana et al., Apseudoparenchymatosum (Gothan) Pujana et al. and an unidentified angiosperm wood. Differences in the taxonomic representation and growth‐ring characters of the Eocene woods on King George Island and coeval assemblages from Seymour Island, on the western and eastern sides of the Antarctic Peninsula respectively, are interpreted to result from environmental and climatic gradients across the Peninsula Orogen during the early Palaeogene. In particular, a precipitation gradient inferred across the Peninsula at that time might have been induced by a rain‐shadow effect.


The authors greatly thank Kwan‐Young Song (Field Guide of KOPRI) for his kind and reliable assistance during the field work and Moon Young Choe (KOPRI) for his constructive discussions. Tania Lindner Dutra (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos) is greatly appreciated for kindly providing us with geological and palaeontological information on the Fildes Peninsula. Our thanks also go to Roberto Pujana and an anonymous reviewer for their constructive comments. The technical editor Sally Thomas is thanked for kind remarks. This research is a part of the project ‘Long‐Term Ecological Researches on King George Island to Predict Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change (PE15020)’ funded by the Korea Polar Research Institute, KOREA. Additional financial support to S. McLoughlin from the Swedish Research Council (VR grant 2014–5234) and National Science Foundation (project #1636625) is gratefully acknowledged.

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