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An Early to Middle Pleistocene Flora of Subalpine Affinities in Lowland Western Tasmania


Jordan, GJ and Macphail, MK and Barnes, R and Hill, RS, An Early to Middle Pleistocene Flora of Subalpine Affinities in Lowland Western Tasmania, Australian Journal of Botany, 43, (2) pp. 231-242. ISSN 0067-1924 (1995) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/BT9950231


Macro- and micro-fossil plants are described from Early to Middle Pleistocene sediments at Regatta Point, western Tasmania. The sediments are floristically and lithologically distinct from other sediments at the same site, and contain a precursor to modern subalpine vegetation. The sediments contain foliage, characteristic of modern western Tasmanian subalpine and alpine rainforest species. Pollen and spores suggest the presence of open vegetation similar to modem subalpine heath and herbfield. A number of taxa are inconsistent with modem high altitude vegetation, which suggests re-assortment of plant associations during periods of climate change. © 1995 CSIRO. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Jordan, GJ (Professor Greg Jordan)
UTAS Author:Hill, RS (Professor Bob Hill)
ID Code:4803
Year Published:1995
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-24

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