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Brazilian Paleofloras

From Paleozoic to Holocene

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  • © 2020
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  • Presents the evolution of terrestrial plants recorded in Brazilian sedimentary rocks over the last 400 million years
  • Ranges from the first evidence of terrestrial plants in the South American lowlands until its Quaternary floras
  • Discusses paleoenviromental and paleoclimatic significance of these evidences and includes palinological records

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This book will cover the entire evolutionary history that the terrestrial plants have recorded in Brazilian sedimentary rocks, ranging from the first vestiges of terrestrial environments colonization about 400 million years ago, until reaching the eve of the present time, when the current vegetation formations were organizing to reach their current distribution in modern biomes. At present Brazil is home to the world’s greatest plant biodiversity and we aim to offer here an opportunity to appreciate how this floral biodiversity originated and developed in these lowlands of South America, through chapters elaborated by the best Brazilian and foreign experts who dedicate to elucidate the evolution of the ancient flora in this part of the planet.

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Editors and Affiliations

  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

    Roberto Iannuzzi

  • Museum für Naturkunde Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany

    Ronny Rößler

  • Senckenberg Nature Research Society, Dresden, Germany

    Lutz Kunzmann

About the editors

Roberto Iannuzzi is a Brazilian biologist and holds a PhD in Geosciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He is currently a Full Professor at UFGRS, where he also coordinates the Institute of Geosciences Research Committee. He was the president of the Brazilian Society of Paleontology from 2009 to 2013 and has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also published some books in Portuguese, such as Paleobotânica (2005) and Antes dos Dinossauros (2004) (Before the dinosaurs). 

Ronny Rößler is a German geologist, holds a PhD from Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg where he became an honorary professor in 2017. Director of the Museum of Natural History at Chemnitz since 1995, he is also one of the editors-in-chief of the journal Palaeontographica B and served in the advisory board of the Paleontological Society from 2008 to 2010. 

Lutz Kunzmann is a German paleontologist and holds a PhD from the Humboldt University. Head of section and curator of paleobotany at Senckenbert Natural History Collections since 1994, he is currently the treasurer of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany and one of the editors-in-chief of Palaeontographica B.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Brazilian Paleofloras

  • Book Subtitle: From Paleozoic to Holocene

  • Editors: Roberto Iannuzzi, Ronny Rößler, Lutz Kunzmann

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Biomedicine and Life Sciences, Reference Module Biomedical and Life Sciences

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-90913-4Due: 15 June 2024

  • Topics: Plant Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Earth System Sciences, Paleoecology

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