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RE: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions

Might be easiest to work backwards in time. It's not clear from this part of 
the conversation if the project isn't restricted to the Paleozoic, but if not, 
one can extrapolate A LOT from extant flora back into the mid-Mesozoic. Neogene 
flora is barely different from today in global composition (eg Droseraceae were 
significantly more diverse in the past), the Paleogene had already most of the 
extant taxonomic diversity but community structure was different, while the 
Cretaceous is characterized by the eudicot radiation (implying a very different 
flora that however already contained the main lineages known today, eg you had 
basal Fabales but no legumes yet).

This way, reconstructions will get progressively harder and more speculative, 
but you'll always have something to work from (you'll have reconstructed the 
descendents already, as there were), and if the *whole* project turns out to be 
unmanageable/the workload too high, you will at least end up with something 
substantial and highly useful.



dale mcinnes <wdm1949@hotmail.com> schrieb am Sa, 5.10.2013:

 Betreff: RE: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions
 An: "david@brainpets.com" <david@brainpets.com>, 
 Datum: Samstag, 5. Oktober, 2013 19:25 Uhr
 Sorry for the double. For an
 afterthought this should also be sent to the
 DML for comments.
 > From: wdm1949@hotmail.com
 > To: david@brainpets.com;
 > Subject: Global Palaeo Floral Reconstructions
 > Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:16:23 -0600
 > Do not include dinosaurs or any other animalia in it.
 > Keep it pure. Keep it floral.
 > Doing all the world's dinosaurs would be an easier
 > And G. Paul worked most of his life just collecting
 > appropriate material while simultaneously upgrading it
 > constantly.
 > Do you know what you're getting yourselves into here
 > Perhaps somebody has to do it eventually .. so it
 > as well be you guys.
 > The black silhouettes should also have a scale as well
 > as growth series included. This is an absolute must if
 > proper palaeoenvironmental reconstructions are to be
 > visualized. Not everything is full-grown in any one
 > environment at any one time.
 > Did I fail to mention that you may have to include
 > dry environmental reconstructions ??
 > With proper funding .. this would be a big bang project
 > possibly leading to a table top text on Palaeozoic
 > as well ??
 > Computer programs are definitely going to be needed
 > I believe several have already been developed waiting
 > be exapted for such a project.