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News on the vegetation around middle Eocene Lake Messel

Wilde, V. and Collinson, M. E. and Lenz, O. K. and Manchester, S. R. (2010):
News on the vegetation around middle Eocene Lake Messel.
In: Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, In: GeoDarmstadt 2010, Darmstadt, 68, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

The middle Eocene sediments of the maar lake at Mes-sel became especially famous for a considerable num-ber of extremely well preserved vertebrate remains. But, the sediments also contain a wealth of well preserved plant fossils (microfossils as well as macrofossils) yield-ing a lot of basic information on ecosystems and cli-mate at the site. During the excavations, an estimate of over 30.000 individual specimens of leaves, fruits/seeds, flowers and other plant fragments have been collected from the exposed part of the Middle Messel Formation. They are evidence for the early mid-dle Eocene inland vegetation thriving under a seasonal, but generally warm and humid (“paratropical s.l.”) climate, now supported by quantitative data. Ongoing studies of the material led to a refined view of system-atic and palaeobiogeographic relationships. Additional information, especially on short-term quantitative fluc-tuations of the regular vegetation and on the pioneering stages after the eruption, is derived from high-resolution palynological studies of the research core Messel 2001. Currently, there is an international team of people in-volved in palaeobotanical research at Messel; recent results will be summarized.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Wilde, V. and Collinson, M. E. and Lenz, O. K. and Manchester, S. R.
Title: News on the vegetation around middle Eocene Lake Messel
Language: English
Abstract:

The middle Eocene sediments of the maar lake at Mes-sel became especially famous for a considerable num-ber of extremely well preserved vertebrate remains. But, the sediments also contain a wealth of well preserved plant fossils (microfossils as well as macrofossils) yield-ing a lot of basic information on ecosystems and cli-mate at the site. During the excavations, an estimate of over 30.000 individual specimens of leaves, fruits/seeds, flowers and other plant fragments have been collected from the exposed part of the Middle Messel Formation. They are evidence for the early mid-dle Eocene inland vegetation thriving under a seasonal, but generally warm and humid (“paratropical s.l.”) climate, now supported by quantitative data. Ongoing studies of the material led to a refined view of system-atic and palaeobiogeographic relationships. Additional information, especially on short-term quantitative fluc-tuations of the regular vegetation and on the pioneering stages after the eruption, is derived from high-resolution palynological studies of the research core Messel 2001. Currently, there is an international team of people in-volved in palaeobotanical research at Messel; recent results will be summarized.

Title of Book: Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften
Volume: 68
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science > Applied Sedimentary Geology
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Earth Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Event Title: GeoDarmstadt 2010
Event Location: Darmstadt
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 13:09
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