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Tropical palms and arums at near-polar latitudes: fossil pollen evidence from the Tamar and Macquarie Grabens, northern Tasmania

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Macphail, MK and Jordan, GJ, Tropical palms and arums at near-polar latitudes: fossil pollen evidence from the Tamar and Macquarie Grabens, northern Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart. Papers and Proceedings, 149 pp. 23-28. ISSN 0080-4703 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

We illustrate and discuss fossil pollen evidence for two mostly tropical extant plant families in the Tamar Valley, north of Launceston, northern Tasmania, and the Macquarie Harbour Graben on the west coast of Tasmania. These are palms (Arecaceae) producing disulcate pollen (Dicolpopollis spp.) and an incompletely zonisulcate pollen (Proxapertites cf. operculatus) identified as a fossil arum (Araceae). Both fossil pollen types add to the growing body of evidence that warm to hot conditions allowed tropical monocots belonging to these two families to grow at high palaeolatitudes (c. 65 S) during the Late Paleocene and/or Early Eocene in Tasmania and even closer to the pole (c. 70 S) during the Late Cretaceous in central and southern mainland Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Araceae, Arecaceae, fossil, pollen, palms, aroids
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Palaeontology (incl. Palynology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Author:Jordan, GJ (Associate Professor Greg Jordan)
ID Code:106788
Year Published:2015
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140100307)
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2016-02-20
Last Modified:2017-10-30
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