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The fossil record of the bryophytes
chapterposted on 2023-05-28, 00:21 authored by Jordan, GJ
This review summarises the fossil record of bryophytes, including the record from Australia. Bryophytes, especially mosses produce distinctive fossils that often can be identified quite precisely. For unknown reasons, the Mesozoic and Palaeozoic records are dominated by hepatics, whereas the more recent (Cenozoic) records are dominated by mosses. The fossil record suggests relatively slow evolution of bryophytes, with most Cainozoic records attributable to extant genera (and sometimes species).
Publication titleMosses 1
SeriesFlora of Australia Series
PublisherCSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
Rights statementThe Flora in Australia series is co-published by CSIRO and Australian Biological Resources Study. More information is available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/22/sid/6.htm