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Re: Yixian Trees
Jason Brougham wrote,
“Does anyone know of any data (published or otherwise)
on tree trunk diameters from the Yixian Formation?
I know many silicified trunks have been collected, and I
have read the data on the occurrences of fossil wood taxa.
But none that I've read mention the diameters. That would
be a first step toward figuring out the canopy structure.
I am thinking in terms of emergents, canopy, and sub
The only papers about fossil trees from the Yixian
Formation, which I can find, is:
Qiuhong, D., Z.Wu, and Z. Shaolin, 2004, Growth
rings observed in fossil wood from the Lower
Cretaceous Yixian Formation in western Liaoning
Province, China, and their implications. Dizhi Keji
Qingbao [Geological Science and Technology
Information]. vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 38-41.
and “Research on Fossil wood from the Yixian
formation in western Liaoning Province, China.” in
“Acta Palaeontologica Sinica (vol.39) Supplement -
Contributions to the Sixth Conference of International
Organization of Palaeobotany (IOPC-VI)
A reconstruction of the structure of A Late Jurassic
Chinese petrified forest is discussed in:
Hinz, J. K., I. Smith, H.-U. Pfretzschner, O. Wings, and
G. Sun, 2010, A high-resolution three-dimensional
reconstruction of a fossil forest (Upper Jurassic
Shishugou Formation, Junggar Basin,Northwest China).
Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, Vol. 90,
no. 3, pp. 215-240.
Wang, Y.-D., Dilcher, L. David, and H.-U. Pfretzschner,
2002, Late Jurassic petrified forests in Xinjiang, China;
investigations of anatomy, taphonomy and paleoclimate.
Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America,
vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 93.
The structure of a Late Jurassic forest is discussed in:
Keller, A. M., and M. S. Hendrix, 1997, Paleoclimatologic
analysis of a Late Jurassic petrified forest, southeastern
Mongolia. PALAIOS. vol. 12, pp. 282-291.
Paul V. Heinrich
Baton Rouge, LA 70803