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Re: Re: Cretaceous vegetation



>> 
>> One of the authors (I can't remember who) of the nature paper gave a 
>> guest lecture at my old uni during my undergrad years, describing the 
>> flora buried by an ashfall. From memory although angiosperms were diverse 
>> they were restricted to small herbaceous ground plants with the exception 
>> of a species of palm that formed scattered large bushes sticking up above 
>> the level of the ground cover. The bulk of the ground cover was formed by 
>> ferns. Trees (probably gymnosperm) must have been few and far between.
>
>
>     If I remeber right, this flora was not Hell Creek-Maastrichtian, but 
>Campanian.
>
It was neither Hell Creek nor Campanian!  It was the Meteesee Formation,
which is early Maastrichtian in age.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist
Dept. of Geology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742
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