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Monograph: Angiosperm Woods from British Lower Cretaceous and Palaeogene Deposits

Publication: Special Papers in Palaeontology
Number: 66
Publication Date: 2001
Page(s): 1 100
Authored By: Mark Crawley
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CRAWLEY, M. Angiosperm Woods from British Lower Cretaceous and Palaeogene Deposits. Special Papers in Palaeontology68, 1-100.

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Four of the five putative British Lower Cretaceous angiosperm woods Aptiana, Cantia, Hythia, Sabulia and Wobumia (Stopes 1912, 1915) are re-evaluated. Aptiana radiata Stopes, 1912 is accepted as Lower Cretaceous (Aptian/Albian) and is, therefore, regarded as the only valid British Cretaceous angiosperm wood. New material of Cantia, Hythia and Sabulia has allowed an original provenance of Palaeogene for all specimens representing these taxa. They also show similarities to Betulaceae (Cantia), Icacinaceae, Platanaceae or Fagaceae (Hythia) and Lauraceae (Sabulia). Fifteen new species are described: Anacardioxylon maidstonense, Apocynoxylon? oldhavenense, A. sapotaceoides, Canarioxylon lewisii, Castanoxylon philpii, Dryoxylon calodendrumoides, Entandrophragminium lewisii, Euphorbioxylon hemense, Flacourtioxylon oldhavenense, Ilicoxylon? prestwichii, Meliaceoxylon collinsonae, Paraphyllanthoxylon chievleyense, Polyalthioxylon oldhavenense, Tetrapleuroxylon oldhavenense and Tilioxylon lueheaformis. Three new combinations of Palaeogene wood are also described. The new species and new combinations show feature sets found in Recent Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Aquifoliaceae, Apocynaceae, Burseraceae, Caesalpinaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fagaceae, Flacourtiaceae, Hamamelidaceae, Meliaceae, Lauraceae, Lecythidaceae, Sapotaceae and Tiliaceae. All British Palaeogene material is reviewed for wood and tree evolution, palaeobiology, palaeobiogeography and palaeoclimatology. The anatomical results show increased diversity by the latest Palaeocene, including the oldest known wood with spiral thickening of the vessels, and support a trend of increasingly warm temperatures with less seasonality and structures more typical of Recent tropical regions by Late Palaeocene/Early Eocene times in the British area.

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