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RE: No Mesozoic rainforests?



Quoting evelyn sobielski <koreke77@yahoo.de>:


Two issues: While the existence of an equatorial
rainbelt is as good as given, it is less clear whether
there was a vegetation that would be considered
"rainforest" - indeed there is no major gymnosperm
component in present-day equatorial rainforest. But I
don't know whether it was displaced or whether
gymnosperms have always been outcompeted by something
else under such conditions (E.g. _Metasequoia_ seems
to have been prominent in *temperate* rainforest)*.

...as indeed _Tsuga_, _Picea_, _Pseudotsuga_, and _Thuja_ are prominent in some contemporary temperate rain forests.


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